GLAM4GOOD headed to Puerto Rico to hold an emergency aid initiative in San Juan for pediatric patients suffering illnesses as well as great trauma, loss, and grief because of the horrific devastation Hurricane Maria caused in their lives. This special mission, funded with support from Tracy Smith and Karen Williams, both on the Board of Directors of the GLAM4GOOD Foundation, was planned in response to a request from San Jorge Children’s Hospital to bring help, happiness, and hope to children, their families, and hospital staff who are dealing with illness as well as the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Dozens of GLAM4GOOD volunteers flew in from across the country to participate in this GLAM4GOOD initiative to empower the pediatric patients and the hospital community with new, gifted clothing, accessories, eye care, eyewear, toys and learning tools.
“GLAM4GOOD is honored to provide aid and empower hope, healing and happiness for the brave little ones, their families and the hospital staff at San Jorge Children’s Hospital. This hospital has been a beacon of light during hard times for Puerto Rican people throughout the island. We know this event helped to shine spirits, honor courage and bring aid to this resilient community,” said Mary Alice Stephenson, fashion and beauty expert and the Founder & CEO of GLAM4GOOD.
As a critical part of the outreach, GLAM4GOOD partnered with Child Life United who provided a team of child life specialists to work with the patients, their families and hospital staff alongside GLAM4GOOD as they navigate the emotions that come with grief, loss, and trauma, said Courtney Moreland, Founder & Director of Child Life United. “It is amazing to see what can happen when good people come together to do good work. The hospital was a buzz for days after. We are so glad this GLAM4GOOD event benefited the staff too, everyone here desires love and support.”
Partnering with world’s most popular brands and retailers – including H&M, Kendra Scott, Nickelodeon, and J.Crew – GLAM4GOOD’s charitable efforts also provided clothing and other goods and services, as well as access to eye care and eyewear, to approximately 200 pediatric patients and their families, as well as the hospital staff and outpatient communities.
”H&M is proud to partner with GLAM4GOOD to support our community in Puerto Rico and join GLAM4GOOD’s efforts to empower families who are still struggling with loss, devastation, and illness due to Hurricane Maria and its aftermath,” says H&M Spokesperson Emily Scarlett.
With continued support from VSP Global and Marchon Eyewear, recipients were provided with access to free eye exams and prescription glasses. One in four children on the island of Puerto Rico has a vision issue and one-third need some type of vision correction like glasses. Nearly 70% of the patients VSP saw needed prescription glasses.“In the midst of battling life-threatening illnesses, the children at San Jorge Children’s Hospital have endured tragic loss following Hurricane Maria and yet have shown a tremendous amount of resilience,” said Michael Guyette, President & CEO of VSP Global. “Ensuring the children, their families and the hospital staff can see clearly opens up the possibilities for a brighter outlook as they move forward on their journey to recovery.”
New partner Kendra Scott also participated in the relief, with a Color Bar Jewelry Pop-Up. Throughout the hospital event day, the children and their families created their own earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings, selecting their favorite metals and gemstones for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We were so grateful to be able to partner with GLAM4GOOD on the #SHOPPINGSPREEE4FREE initiative to brighten the lives of these pediatric patients, their families and the large community at the San Jorge Children’s Hospital during such a difficult time,” said CEO, Designer & Philanthropist Kendra Scott.“Philanthropy is at the foundation of our brand and this initiative is a perfect example of how our employees take time to bring such joyful experiences to those in need.”
“We all became the same, no social statuses mattered; there were no differences when the hurricane hit on September 20th, 2017,” explains Urania Dominguez, Child Life Specialist at San Jorge Children’s Hospital. “Other relief efforts have focused on housing and food, which are essential, but the gifts provided by GLAM4GOOD gave these children an opportunity to be kids again. Something they haven’t had in almost eight months.”
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