Love Your Melon | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for October 2014 is Love Your Melon.

Love Your Melon Logo

Love Your Melon

The Love Your Melon Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to putting a hat on every child’s head in America battling cancer. Through it’s Buy One – Give One program, Love Your Melon goes into hospitals and provides children comfortable hats to wear during this difficult time.  The hats do more than keep them warm, they restore confidence. Love Your Melon’s gifts create smiles on the faces of children battling cancer and make them feel comfortable after losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. Additionally, the Love Your Melon crew comes dressed from head to toe as superheroes to create an unforgettable experience for the children in the hospital. For every product purchased, another of equal value is given to a child battling cancer.

Therapeutic Adventures

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, therapeutic treatment may boost the immune system, stimulate the heart and lungs, relax muscles, relieve pain and balance blood pressure.  With that in mind – in the spring of 2013 – Love Your Melon took its first cancer patient on a helicopter ride and an idea was born.

Creating more therapeutic adventures is an initiative that provides experiences for children that take their minds off of the difficult treatment process. This is an essential aspect to the healing process and puts a smile on their faces. Entertainment and distraction can go a long way in a child’s recovery process. It can decrease their stress levels and create positive thoughts that improve their chance of survival.

Nation Wide Tours

In an effort to expand the reach and influence of Love Your Melon, the concept of a national tour was born. The two nationwide tours brought together talented young individuals with skills in event planning, media relations, sales, photography and videography. The 1st Smile Tour in January 2014 put 5 determined young minds together on a bus traveling around the eastern and southern United States. The tour made it possible for nearly 4,000 more hats to be donated and events to be hosted in 18 different cities.

On the second West Coast Tour, with the help of 10 talented individuals, Love Your Melon was able to create 28 donation events in 18 different cities over the course of 47 days on the road. It is important to keep a local aspect with Love Your Melon. During tours, Love Your Melon has been able to set up sales events at universities, restaurants, and tourist locations. For each garment sold, supporters can take comfort in knowing that one is given to a child in their local community.

Nationwide Inspiration – Ambassador Program

From the beginning, one of the major goals for Love Your Melon was to inspire other college students to give back to their community. The Love Your Melon Foundation currently has 50 college ambassadors on campuses around the country. These individuals have been effective in sharing the Love Your Melon story while continually running our programs. They have donated over a thousand Love Your Melon hats during their therapeutic entertainment events at children’s hospitals and it is continuing to grow. With these Ambassadors, we will be able to have every hat personally donated by someone on the Love Your Melon team.

The Simple Concept of Giving

Love Your Melon’s unique value proposition creates a platform based on the simple act of giving.  It gives individuals the ability to buy something for themselves and then see the smile they’re able to create.  Children battling cancer need more than just medicine as treatment. It is proven that therapeutic treatments increase the success ratio in pediatric cancer patients.  Love Your Melon hats help restore confidence and create a sense of normalcy for these kids who are going through such a tough time. Every hat is given away personally to help build a personal connection and create a smile.

Innovative Office Solutions is no stranger to supporting charitable organizations focused on bettering the lives of children from all backgrounds.  In fact, one of our close partners – the InSports Foundation – encourages children to get involved in sports, while helping them become more confident, proactive members of their community.

To learn more about Love Your Melon, or to get more involved, visit their website at http://www.loveyourmelon.com!

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