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SGK in the Community: Comfort Cases and Lowcountry Orphan Relief

A few weeks ago I shared with you Shrimp and Grits Kids' mission to provide Comfort Cases to Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LOR).  These are two organizations near and dear to our hearts and Megan, SGK owner and designer, came up with a brilliant way for us to include our customers in contributing supplies to LOR, while also honoring the original mission set forth by Comfort Cases founders Rob and Reece Sheer.

I am so very thrilled to share with you all that has happened since my last post!

First, we matched the duffel bags you purchased on our website with a bag for children at Lowcountry Orphan Relief.  The bags sold out very quickly and we were able to provide over 50 duffel bags and supplies to fill the bags with a toy, a book, toiletries and clothing.  By the way, we did get in a few extra of the Pink Dottie Duffel Bag and will continue to match your purchase with a Comfort Case for LOR, so head on over to the website and get shopping!

Pink Dottie Duffel Bag available for purchase! Pink Dottie Duffel Bag available for purchase!

The next exciting thing that happened was Rob and Reece Sheer, founders of Comfort Cases, were guests on the Ellen show!  While we had all researched their mission and knew their story (I also shared with you on the last blog post), not a single one of us had a dry eye watching Rob and Reece tell their story and receive a truly amazing contribution to their organization from Ellen and Samsonite. I don't want to spoil the surprise so, if you haven't seen the clip, click here.  I PROMISE you will want to watch this!  Such an inspiring story!

In this photo released by Warner Bros., a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is seen at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.) In this photo released by Warner Bros., a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is seen at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

While we could hardly contain our excitement to see Rob and Reece on Ellen, we were also cooking up our own surprise to take to LOR.  You might recall me mentioning that Megan's daughters, Ella and Lyla Gray, spearheaded a campaign at school to have Beanie Boos contributed to fill up Comfort Cases for the children assisted by LOR.  Well, they got a wonderful response!  Along with the Beanie Boos that were contributed, the girls received cash donations and were able to buy additional supplies for the children at LOR.  Ella and Lyla Gray were both touched during their first visit to LOR with their mother, Megan, and were so thrilled to be able to give back to such a worthy cause.  After the supplies were gathered, Megan and the girls took everything to LOR and it will be sorted and distributed to children as needed.  KUDOS to this team for finding a cause they are passionate about and a way to impact Comfort Cases' mission!

Lyla Gray so excited about all the supplies collected for Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Lyla Gray so excited about all the supplies collected for Lowcountry Orphan Relief.

Lyla Gray (left) and Ella (right) at Lowcountry Orphan Relief, delivering supplies that were contributed. Lyla Gray (left) and Ella (right) at Lowcountry Orphan Relief, delivering supplies that were contributed.

In my home, our mission to spread kindness is influenced by several things, but perhaps one of the greatest is the quote from Mahatma Gandhi "Be the change you want to see in the world." As we have seen through Rob and Reece Sheer's mission to change one little thing in the foster care system, a single person CAN make a difference!  Where there is a strong desire to influence change and a passion burning inside of you to make life better for whoever it may be (children, animals, elderly citizens, disabled persons, veterans, etc), you will find your personal mission and you can begin to impact change.

Our challenge to each of our customers is to perform at least one random act of kindness each week this summer!  I will join you in this challenge and share some of my family's personal kindness projects right here on the SGK blog.  In addition, we will share how SGK continues to participate in community giving and let's see if I can convince our staff to take this weekly challenge on as well!  I will share stories on our blog, on Instagram, and on Facebook!

I cannot wait to see how you show your children how one small act of kindness triggers a chain reaction...this is going to be so fun!!  OH....and you can also share when a random act of kindness happens to you as well!

XxOo Melanie

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