MAKE A SECURE, ONLINE DONATION
The Giving Garden is a 501C3 nonprofit.
Donations may be made through the link above which will take you directly to Paypal. You may opt to make your donation a one time transaction or recurring and it may be made for any dollar amount you wish. In addition, you will also have the option to "add a special note" if you would like your contribution to be in honor or memory of a loved one.
If you would like to pay by check,
please mail it to:
P.O. Box 1421
Hayes, VA 23072
Where will your donation go?
Not to salaries! That's right! The Giving Garden is run solely by Volunteers, even our Board is volunteer based. We use our personal home offices, personal vehicles and our cell phones to carry out our services and we are dedicated to ensuring that the majority of our expenses go to actual patient assistance.
Are you curious about the breakdown of our expenses? Please see the chart below which covers January 2010-December 2014
TESTIMONIALS FROM PATIENTS & THEIR FAMILIES
"Hi! This is ________, a Riverside Cancer Patient Navigator. I wanted to call you personally and tell you that "X" just informed me that you are covering their monthly living expenses next month. Is this correct?" (Yes!) "I cannot tell you what a tremendous piece of mind you have just provided to the patient. What a wonderful thing you all are doing for your community! "
"...I would like to host a fundraiser to support The Giving Garden. Do you remember X? That was my Grandfather and Grandmother. You all really helped them during a very difficult time and I want to pay it forward! "
At two different fundraising events in September of 2013, Giving Garden Volunteers were provided with a wonderful opportunity to meet two of our former assistance patients. Both of whom wanted to meet the people behind the assistance and to pay the generosity forward.
"Without your help. I would be homeless right now."
"You all really helped me during a very challenging time. I wanted to meet you and pay it forward by supporting one of your events. I hope to become a volunteer in the future. I am doing great and cancer free!"
Unable to provide a monetary contribution? There are other ways in which you can support us!
Recycle your aluminum beverage cans with us! Join our "Together we CAN advocate" recycling program which
turns cans into cash to support our Foundation!
Host a fundraising event. Are you a product Vendor? Consider donating a portion of your proceeds during a specific
sale event! Let us know about it and we will promote your event through Facebook and on our website!
As one can imagine, cancer treatment is not only emotionally and physically exhausting, it can quickly become financially debilitating. Many times, patients have to take a leave of absence from work while undergoing treatment or in worse circumstances, they are in advanced stages of cancer and are no longer able to work at all. Not all patients qualify for disability and even those that do, often have to reapply before they are approved. A procees which can take weeks and sometimes months.
Many of the patients we assist are on the verge of losing their home, having their power cut off and are unable to put food on their table. While there are programs out there that offer assistance with prescriptions, treatments, wigs and medical supplies, there are few resources where a patient can turn for help with their day to day expenses. No one should ever have to face these challenges, much less, when they are facing the battle of their lives. In 2008, our Founders decided to form The Giving Garden Foundation to serve the rural patients of Gloucester and Mathews Counties after witnessing the dire need for advocacy at a grass-roots level. If you are from a rural area, you know this means - limited resources. Our mission is and continues to be, to provide financial assistance to patients who reside in either Gloucester or Mathews Virginia and to bridge the gap between resources that exist, and our local patients' unmet needs.
While the majority of our assistance is indeed for basic living expenses such as rents, mortgages, utilities, fuel and groceries; there are ocassions when a patient has an uncommon need. Because we are a grass-roots organization, we can tailor the assistance we provide on a case by case basis. This small-community approach has allowed us to extend assistance for lodging and fuel expenses when local patients travel for a consult, our volunteers have rallied together and physically assisted patients with moving their belongings from one home to another, we have held food drives and we have Volunteers who are professional stylists who donate their services and will travel to patients homes to provide haircare. We have provided school supplies and clothing assistance to children of struggling patients and this October we were afforded the rare opportunity to donate a vehicle to a family who had no means of transportation.
Our volunteers are ready and dedicated at a moments notice to provide our time to help others, however no matter how much time we are able to give, without financial contributions such as yours, none of this would be possible. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to you for your support!
With warmest regards,
TGGF Board of Directors