HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines made a massive donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
On Wednesday, June 19, the couple presented a $1.5 million check to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. During the event, the two were greeting the kids, playing the piano, singing songs and hosting a story time reading of Joanna’s children’s book, We Are the Gardeners.
Chip and Joanna also gifted the St. Jude Target House — a new playhouse they designed for families of the patients.
“When we heard that the space outside of Target House could use a little love, we knew right away that we wanted to create a sweet playhouse for the kids to enjoy,” Joanna said. “There’s something so special about spending time together outside and while we’re hopeful that these families will not have to stay here for very long, we wanted to create a retreat for them to explore while they are here.”
“When we were designing this playhouse, we knew we wanted it to feel whimsical and fun — that was the inspiration behind details like the colorful flowers in the flower boxes and the sweet kitchen area,” Joanna expressed. “Our hope is that this space brings a bit of joy to the families here.”
“As we walked in today, a little boy told us that he’s ‘demo day-ing’ his cancer treatment and that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard. In our world, demo day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a newer, more exciting one,” Chip said at the event. “And that’s exactly what we want for you — we’re pulling for each and every one of you.”
The donations were raised through the social media campaign, #ChipInChallenge, with the help of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Kacey Musgraves and more.
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Today we're leaving @StJude feeling changed forever. The beautiful kids and families here carry such strength and hope, and we were honored to spend the day with them. Thank you @target for throwing the best garden party and for all you do for the families who stay at the Target House. And thank you once again to everyone who helped #ChipIn to support the children at St. Jude. ??