Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, announced they have made a $100,000 donation to Save the Children’s Ebola Children’s Relief Fund to support efforts in fighting the deadly disease. JFC received pledges from donors including Sterling Jewelers, Pandora, JCPenney, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, and Hearts On Fire to assist with this support.
“Everyone is concerned about the rapid spread of the virus in Africa and so many children have died and many more are now orphans,” said Ruth Batson, JFC board chair. “Our generous industry has once again stepped up to help in a crisis where children are involved.”
Save the Children, the Wilton, CT based non-profit dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children in need, has been a JFC recipient charity in the past following the devastating Asian tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Japan. Save the Children has been on the ground in Africa since the crisis began, building treatment centers, supporting the orphans, and conducting education on preventing the spread of the virus.
“With the on-going support of this great industry, JFC will be making a difference in the lives of the children involved in this tragic event. We know of no better organization than Save the Children to represent the industry’s support in the relief effort,” added Batson.
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated over $45 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National CASA Association. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.