May 27, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
PRECIOUS MOMENTS DONATES TO RED CROSS
FOR TORNADO RELIEF
The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce the Precious Moments Family of Companies will donate $25,000 to benefit those impacted by the Joplin, Mo. tornado. Precious Moments corporate headquarters and Precious Moments Chapel are located in nearby Carthage, Mo.
Don Butcher, President of Precious Moments, Inc. and son of Precious Moments creator Sam Butcher, states, “To all of us at Precious Moments, Joplin is an important part of what we call home. From loss of homes to loss of life, thousands of people have been impacted. My family wanted to personally contribute and also engage the thousands of Precious Moments fans throughout the world.”
Precious Moments is participating in relief efforts through donations to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross in the following ways:
• A $25,000 contribution has been given. This gift was donated by the Precious Moments Family of Companies in honor of Precious Moments Collectors’ Club members and our dedicated employees.
• 100% of net proceeds of the Precious Moments figurine, “What The World Needs Now,”
will be donated.
• 10% of net proceeds of online product sales from preciousmoments.com for the week of May 27 – June 3 will be donated.
• An online donation form is available at preciousmoments.com
Butcher adds, “My family considers ourselves to be most fortunate that our employees were not harmed and that our facilities were untouched. Many Precious Moments employees have donated countless hours to disaster relief efforts, and have contributed much needed supplies; we take this opportunity to thank them for their spirit of generosity.
“This year is the 30th anniversary of the Precious Moments Collectors’ Club and through the years club members have raised millions of dollars for charity. With this in mind, we anticipate that fans from throughout the world will join with us in contributing to the relief efforts. Precious Moments is both a company and a community of people that shares the gift of love. I can’t think of a better way for people to share love than through helping our family, friends, and neighbors in Joplin.”
About Precious Moments, Inc.
Precious Moments, Inc., is a privately held, family owned business headquartered in Carthage, Mo., home of the renowned Precious Moments Chapel, with offices also in suburban Chicago, Ill. Principally, PMI is the owner of all Precious Moments artwork and is the exclusive licensor to more than 100 prominent companies. For more information about Precious Moments, Inc., please visit http://www.preciousmoments.com.
You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri tornadoes, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online donation by visiting www.redcross.org.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
For more information go to www.redcross.org