Chip and Joanna Gaines of the Fixer Upper show on HGTV visited the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on June 19. The couple had an incredible gift for the children, a check for $1.5 million dollars!
People reports that the two spent the day with the sick children singing and reading lots of stories.
The pair widely known for their house-flipping hit show and amazing home renovations even had their optimistic spirit rubbing off on the young children.
“As we walked in today, a little boy told us that he’s ‘demo day-ing’ his cancer treatment and that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard,” Chip said at the event.
“In our world, demo day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a newer, more exciting one.”
The huge check was not the only thing they gifted the children. Using their home improvement expertise, they built a playhouse for the children containing a play kitchen.
The St.Jude hospital also provides a free housing complex for families staying at the hospital for more than 90 days known as Target House. So they Gaineses built the playhouse surrounded by colorful flowers just outside the house for the kids.
“There’s something so special about spending time together outside. While we’re hopeful that these families will not have to stay here for very long, we wanted to create a retreat for them to explore while they are here.” Joanna said.
“We knew we wanted it to feel whimsical and fun. Our hope is that this space brings a bit of joy to the families here.” She added.
Chip and Joanna were able to raise all the money through contributions from an online fundraising campaign that went far beyond their expectations.
On the 4th of June, Chip unveiled on Instagram the “Chip in Challenge,” inviting people to make donations towards St. Jude. People reports that the campaign got the attention of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and Kacey Musgraves.
This was not the first time Chip and Joanna raised money for the hospital. In 2017, the couple also had a campaign to raise money for St. Jude. Chip had promised to shave his hair depending on the money people would contribute. $230,092 later, Chip kept his end of the bargain by going bald.
After that experience, Chip formed a connection with the kids, so much so that he knew he would have to go back and help again. He wrote on Instagram, “Those kids changed us—their joy, their hope, and playfulness in the face of their battle against cancer, there’s no way it couldn’t have.”
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The #ChipInChallenge is for the brave kids at @StJude, for the ones just like Lizzy. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When @joannagaines and I visited St. Jude two years ago, those kids changed us—their joy, their hope, and playfulness in the face of their battle against cancer, there’s no way it couldn’t have. But you know that feeling you get when you meet someone who you feel connected to right away, like you’ve known them forever? For me, one of those people was Lizzy. She was magnetic: her curiosity, the way she talked and moved, the way she laughed.. it was angelic! She was absolutely captivating. After her courageous battle with cancer, Lizzy passed away in March of 2018. The #ChipInChallenge is for the brave kids just like Lizzy. Because I believe when we join together and ALL chip-in, even just a few bucks, we can save lives. If this just saves one life, if we just get one kid home to live happily ever after, it will all be worth it. Think about chipping in – and head to the link in my profile to see how you can help. Every one of these kids is worth it, and together we can change the world.
The president and CEO of St. Jude’s fundraising and awareness organization, Richard Shadyac Jr., said, “To see their faces light up as they challenge their friends to a game of lawn bowling or explore the new playhouse designed by the incredible Chip and Joanna Gaines, it’s truly unforgettable. We’re all so grateful.”
What kind hearts Chip and Joanna have! May God bless you.
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