When COVID-19 first starting spreading across the country and stay-at-home orders were issued for our area, we had to shut down the store for a month and a half. As hard as it was to shut our doors indefinitely (we’re back open now!), I knew so many others would have a far harder road to travel. Our mission in creating the Giving Moon Tally program is to provide relief to our local community during the COVID-19 pandemic through donating a portion of our sales from cloth face masks, and sourcing a portion of our cloth face masks from local artisans. We make it our goal as a locally-owned and operated boutique to support our local community!
We kicked off our Giving Moon Tally program with Refuge House during the period of stay-at-home orders and social isolation. Higher reports of domestic violence during this time spurred me to action to help this cause. With our donation of $1639.59, Refuge House has been able to provide 24/7 support to sexual assault victims, supplies and emergency shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and safety plans to local residents of the Big Bend.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend works across 11 local counties to distribute 11.5 million meals each year. The pandemic has increased the burden of food insecurity by 1/3rd in the Big Bend. With our $500 donation, Second Harvest was able to provide roughly 158 meals locally.
Our $708.15 donation to Big Bend Cares went to the treatment, care, and continual wellness of people infected with HIV/AIDS. They offer their services regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. One of the expanded programs through COVID-19 is to provide food bag provisions to their patients in need.
Our support of Going Places helped youth facing homelessness in our area move in a safe and positive direction. Our donation of $433 went to providing emergency shelter, hygiene items, health services, employment services, communication with loved ones, and so much more.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we chose to donate to the TMH Foundation to support the programs offered through the Cancer Center, benefiting patients, and their families. (Donation amount to be announced at the end of October.)