September 13, 2005
JFC Donates $250,000 to Red Cross for Katrina Efforts
Jewelers for Children announced it has made a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support efforts in the devastated areas of the gulf region following Hurricane Katrina. JFC, with a mission to provide support to charities that primarily benefit children, chose the American Red Cross in recognition of its efforts to help so many in the region. The Red Cross efforts involve assisting many families and the executive committee felt that its work fits perfectly with JFC's mission.
"Everyone has been overwhelmed with the news from the affected region and our executive committee felt it was very important for JFC to contribute to the relief efforts. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in the horrible tragedy, particularly those who are part of our industry family. Providing financial assistance from the industry's charity was an easy decision," said Terry Burman, JFC chairman.
JFC legacy charity partners are also working on relief assistance in the gulf region. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has accepted some of the area's youngest cancer victims at a satellite facility in Baton Rouge; the National CASA Association will be assisting its local chapters in getting re-established and providing immediate assistance to children who are the victims of life-threatening abuse and neglect in the area; and the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be providing additional support to its chapters in the affected areas to quickly begin again granting the wishes of children affected by catastrophic illness.
"With the support of our charity partners and the ongoing support of this great industry, JFC will be making a difference in the lives of the children involved in this tragic event. At a time like this, it's very gratifying to see everyone in the industry put aside business differences and focus on those who need our help most," said Burman.