by Connor Amundson, Love Your Melon National Ambassador Director
The Love Your Melon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization run by college students on a mission to put a hat on every child battling cancer in the United States, and that is why we hope that every single child who has either battled or is still battling cancer can love their melon. The hat has its obvious purpose of keeping a head warm, but it also has a deeper meaning and helps provide strength throughout treatment and is intended to help strengthen the child cancer community! For every hat sold on the Love Your Melon website, another identical hat is given to a child battling cancer. Through funding from our Buy One – Give One program and generous donations, the Love Your Melon Foundation seeks to provide therapeutic entertainment and comfy hats to children battling cancer during their difficult treatment process. The Love Your Melon Foundation creates smiles on the faces of children battling cancer, engages communities to make a difference and provides therapeutic treatment when it is most needed.
Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon has been able to give and sell over 40,000 hats. It was founded on the simple concept of helping those in need and engaging communities to make a difference. On December 23rd, 2013, the organization received 501(c)(3) status and is an established non-profit. The Love Your Melon Foundation has big plans for the future. On January 12th, 2014 it embarked on the first tour across the east coast. On May 15th, it launched a 50 day West Coast Tour in order to take its mission nationwide. Since then, it has built an ambassador program of over 1000 ambassadors nation-wide and doesn’t plan on stopping until every child in America battling cancer has a hat.
If you would like to request that a free hat be sent to a child you know undergoing treatment, please click HERE to access the Love Your Melon Request Form.
Ambassadors are from colleges across the states with each college having a maximum of 20 members on their crew. These ambassadors promote Love Your Melon on their campus with advertising campaigns, sales events, and other creative ideas that the ambassador crews take the initiative to get going (5k races, bake sales, etc.). Culminating all of their hard work, they then donate hats to children battling cancer in their community or at their local hospital.
All of our products are made right here in the United States of America. We believe in keeping manufacturing here and providing jobs for the citizens of our country. By doing this we are able to build better relationships with our suppliers that supply our great products. Our beanies, scarves and shirts are made in St. Paul, Minnesota.
On October 22nd, 2014, Love Your Melon had it’s first Superhero Adventure Day. Ambassadors from all over the United States arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and paired up with a child battling cancer for a day filled with professional athletes, airplane and helicopter flights, race car rides, and a culminating yacht ride.
Gold Love Your Melon Children’s Hat (Hats come in different colors)
In the months of February and March, Love Your Melon has over 20,000 hats to donate to children battling cancer across the United States. If you are interested in helping out and becoming apart of our ambassador program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To buy a hat for yourself and also have one donated to a young cancer patient, click HERE. The Love Your Melon website also features other trademarked apparel. For any item that you purchase, a HAT will be donated to a young cancer patient. For example if you buy a Love Your Melon T-shirt, you will receive the T-Shirt and a child undergoing treatment will receive a hat/beanie and a smile.
Why donate a hat? It’s all about loving who you are, whether you have hair or not, and recognizing that the community is all rallying behind you! Here’s a link to make a donation: http://loveyourmelon.com/products/donate-to-the-love-your-melon-foundation
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Watch this heartwarming video of one of the Love Your Melon Smile Tours to see how this foundation brightens the lives of young cancer patients by visiting hospitals to donate hats in person, and helping bring cheer to their daily routine.