In the fall of 2014 I became involved with the Love Your Melon organization through my friend Melissa Miller. 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 America. For every hat sold, another identical hat is given to a child battling cancer. Through funding from this Buy One – Give One program and donations, the Love Your Melon Foundation provides therapeutic entertainment and comfy hats to children battling cancer during the difficult cancer 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.
Melissa, and the founders of Love Your Melon, Zachary and Brian, worked very hard this fall to receive a proclamation from Gov. Branstad declaring October 22nd as the Official Love Your Melon Day in Iowa. Once we had the proclamation we had to start planning. We planned a raffle event to be held on UNI’s campus, where the prizes would be Love Your Melon hats. There was a silent auction held at our hometown high school and the students also paid $1 to wear hats to school that day. We also worked with Buffalo Wild Wings to have a portion of meals go towards Love Your Melon that day. Overall, we raised a total of $316.
We’re very excited for the success we have had so far, but that is only the beginning. We are currently working on on having our UNI Love Your Melon Campus Crew become an official student organization on campus and organizing events to be held in the community to promote Love Your Melon. As of January 20th, 2015 our crew has sold a total of 240 hats, which means 240 hats towards a child battling cancer.
Please check out the Love Your Melon site for more information and to order a hat! www.loveyourmelon.com