A Look Back at Your Impact

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Your Support Since 2017


Reported as of February 2020

The Power of Partnership

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® was founded based on a lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.® But, we can't do it alone. Because of the dedicated support of partners like JOANN, St. Jude is able to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Finding a cure is no easy feat. But the chances of a world where no child dies from cancer are higher because of you.  


A Personal Touch

We love spending time with our partners, getting to know you individually and sharing the mission of St. Jude on a personal level. We were thrilled to host three representatives from JOANN at the hospital for the first time in April 2019 for a fun Make to Give event and to attend the St. Jude Partner Summit.
While visiting campus, you presented St. Jude leadership with a generous check for over $528,000 from the 2018 campaign, making a huge impact on the work we do at St. Jude. At the Make to Give event, patients were able to make fun crafts supplied by the generous JOANN stores. Our patients were wrapped in warmth and love in loopy yarn blankets made from knitted squares collected from JOANN customers all around the country. It was such a special day that brought big smiles to all our faces here at St. Jude.

With your support, you've cultivated a spirit of giving within your organization. It's that quality that cements our partnership and will continue to help ensure no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything.


Unprecedented Growth

In your third year supporting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, your efforts to more deeply involve your store associates in the mission of St. Jude made a huge impact. 
For the first time, you invited St. Jude representatives, including former patient Amy, to speak on a kickoff call to managers across the country. Deeply moved by Amy’s story, you raised $300,000 in the first month of the campaign, more than one third of the fundraising total for 2018! 
The generosity didn’t stop there. In early December, stores across the country held Make to Give events creating confetti poppers for St. Jude patients to use in celebrations at the hospital, delivering the joy of the holiday season straight from JOANN customers.

joann make to give event
joann make to give event
joann make to give event

Again, you allowed customers to add a donation at checkout of $1, $5 or $10 using the highly successful coupon-based model created in 2018. Coin boxes at registers were again directed to St. Jude, and awareness for our mission was amplified not only through in-store signage, but also digitally on your website and on social media.
New this year, JOANN created St. Jude patient art-inspired fabric that was sold online with $1.50 of every yard sold benefiting St. Jude. These beautiful fabrics, with patterns created out of St. Jude patient art, went on to be used in pillows created for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Pop Up Experience in New York and beyond.

joann pillow
joann pillow
joann pillow

Meaningful Impact

All in all, these combined efforts raise over $636,912, bringing the total donated to St. Jude since 2017 to $1,353,344. We are humbled by your support and generosity and excited to continue to grow this amazing partnership.


Thank You for All You Do for the Kids of St. Jude

Because of you, St. Jude is able to save kids regardless of their financial situation. The values you continuously instill throughout your corporation are the values that create an immense and invaluable partnership between JOANN and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Because you are committed to going above and beyond, we are able to continue our lifesaving mission. Thank you, JOANN, for your gifts of giving, and for being a beacon of hope for St. Jude children and their families.


Your Support Helps St. Jude Patients Like Lucas


“All of the doctors in Chile agreed that St. Jude was the best place for Lucas. The work being done at St. Jude is years ahead of anything being done in Chile.” 

- Carlos, Lucas' dad