Brought together by a passion for natural living, Lemongrass Spa consultants and customers have joined the home office to build an inspiring support network. Spread throughout the country, US territories and US military bases around the globe, most of this community may never meet in person, but service to others is at the heart of this group; we are here to provide encouragement and relief during times of need. Today I share a few recent initiatives from Lemongrass Spa and the Lemongrass Spa community.
Lemongrass Spa’s longest running giving back campaign is Operation Freedom Feet; the mission of which is to pamper US service members stationed on foreign soil with a smaller version of our popular Cucumber Foot Kit. In 2016, over 1400 Freedom Feet Foot Kits were sent to US military personnel, and in 2017 over 1500 kits have been sent already. Click here to learn more about Stephanie VanNess’ inspiration behind Operation Freedom Feet.
Wendy Gerlach, Executive Director
Wendy Gerlach (second from right) with members of the Moorhead Police Department. Wendy delivered 57 Serve & Protect Collection on this day.
“They are the Heroes in Blue who answer the call to protect and serve those in our communities. Putting on their uniforms, they step away from their families and step into the unknown, day after day, often putting their own lives on the line when responding to calls.
One of the greatest joys of having my own business has been having the ability to use it in ways that pay it forward to those in our community and around the world.
Back in November of 2016, I saw a post on our local law enforcement page that mentioned our local forces were going to give up the appearance policy for the month of November, so the force could participate in "No Shave November." A small donation was received from everyone who participated and all monies raised were then given to two local officers who were currently undergoing cancer treatment.
There was another event that was also tugging on my heart at this time... we would soon be acknowledging the 1 year anniversary of the EOW (End of Watch) for a local officer. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic incident. It left an incredible impact on our community as a whole, but most significantly, it left an impact on the officers who served alongside their fellow brother. It's an impact that's still felt to this day.
This "No Shave November" gesture of kindness for our officers undergoing cancer treatments, combined with the anniversary of the EOW for Officer Moszer got me wondering just how I could use my business to Honor our Heroes in Blue in a way that would be purposeful and appreciated. I wanted to create a kit that would contain products that would be useful to them and would somehow show our gratitude to them for their bravery and commitment to keeping our community safe. I knew that once we created these kits, I wanted to give 100% of my commissions from the sale of these kits to those same 2 officers undergoing cancer treatment.
I worked closely with Heidi Leist, Founder & CEO, to create the program that we now call our Serve & Protect program. It became a beautiful way to Honor the everyday heroes in our communities. What a JOY it was to deliver box after box, after box of these specifically created Serve & Protect Collections to our local law enforcement station in Moorhead, after doing a community wide fundraising event and to then allowing all the profits raised to be donated to those two local officers. Fundraising continues for some of our surrounding community law enforcement stations.
We have all experienced bravery in our communities, it's not reserved for just our Heroes in Blue....we're surrounded by Heroes! They are the local teachers, EMTs, friends, fire fighters, parents, first responders, neighbors and more. Who are the heroes in your life? It's those who have touched your life in an impactful way. They don't wear capes but they can be recognized by their kindness and their bravery. Perhaps that hero is YOU. Be a hero today and pay it forward to someone else, because kindness matters.”
Light the Way Giving Back Campaign
This year Lemongrass Spa expanded our Giving Back Campaign to touch the lives of ailing children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mission is “to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy.” Not only have the lives of many from the Lemongrass Spa Community been touched by the expertise and compassion of staff and volunteers at Children’s Hospital Colorado, but giving to those children whose lives are forever changed by an illness is close to my heart. Click here if you’d like to hear how my family has been impacted by Children’s Hospital.
Thanks to the generous contributions from the Lemongrass Spa Community, we were honored to be able to donate 388 backpacks filled with a combination of activity books, toys and coloring utensils, over 100 extra sets of crayons, markers, colored pencils and are supplies plus 20 backpacked filled with school supplies (donated by Collective Goods) to children who have had such a difficult start in life.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Unprecedented rainfall and sustained winds devastated parts of Southeast Texas, including parts of Houston communities near Dayton, and parts of Louisiana at the end of August, and the community is still in the beginning stages of rebuilding. On August 29th we announced Lemongrass Spa Products home office would be donating 5% of all commissionable sales during a five-day period to Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas and effected areas in Louisiana, and we are delighted to be able to donate $13,566! A few charities that have received funds are the Salvation Army, Houston Food Bank, Texas Baptist Men and Good260. Consultants living in hurricane ravaged also recommended local churches and organizations to receive personal care items such as soap, shampoo and lotion.
Beginning September 7 Hurricane Irma created mandatory evacuations for the Lemongrass Spa production and shipping facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida as well as most of the employees’ homes. Thankfully only minimal damage was sustained to many of our employees’ residences, but most were without electric and water for several days. Numerous consultants were also evacuated and several still have been unable to return to their homes. Consultants in neighboring states and their families took supplies to Florida and volunteered to help with debris cleanup.
Families of our consultants, customers and the Home Office staff have been deeply impacted by Hurricane Irma’s and Hurricane Maria’s destruction of Puerto Rico. Please continue to send prayers and positive thoughts for the safety of our beloved neighbors.
Amanda Herlan, Premier Director
Northville, New York
“Each year my team and I hold a Health and Wellness Pampering Event to educate women, their friends and their family on how to live a cleaner and greener life with our fresh, clean and natural Lemongrass Spa Products. One particular event that we held that was near and dear to my heart was an event to honor and give back to women in need as I once was a woman in need at one point in my life. My senior year of high school I found out I was pregnant and became a single mom at the age of 18. I was determined to do the best mom I could be! I went through 4 years of college, worked 3 jobs and was doing the best that I could to raise an amazing little boy who is now 20. Sometimes all you need is just a little confidence, know that someone cares about you and can see what a fabulous job you are doing as you walk that journey as a parent on your own.
I wanted to give back to women and my incredible team became so pumped and excited as we planned this event. We asked all guests who came to our event for a donation……a gently used purse. We asked them to fill them with necessities for a woman or mother and in return they received a FREE headshot of themselves from our professional photographer after they left our makeup station. The purses were overflowing with everything from loose change, dollar bills, magazines, nail files, travel sewing kits, feminine products, notes of inspiration, toiletries of all sorts and of course our generous Lemongrass Spa Corporate added tons of Lemongrass Spa Products to the purses as well.
We had close to 150 women walk through the door – some of them with more than one purse overflowing with goodies. The excitement in the room as ladies pampered themselves was pure joy to watch as they indulged in relaxing foot soaks, learned about healthy skincare, essential oils, aromatherapy facials and dressed themselves up at our beauty bar makeover station before they headed on over to our photo booth!
You will be happy to know that over 100 purses went to an awesome place to help and empower women in need. They will be able to take them on their first job interviews!
It is a place called WERC!
WERC is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to advance women's success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence.
Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to over 6,700 women from both Albany and Rensselaer Counties who have lost their source of income upon the death, divorce, separation, disability, or dislocation of a spouse or who are single mothers.
Each year over 300 program participants receive more than 2,700 FREE services including career readiness and computer training, job search and placement assistance, and ongoing supportive services.
With Love, Lemongrass Spa
Nearly every American has been affected by cancer, whether in their immediate family or perhaps a dear friend. Inspired by a Consultant’s father’s journey through cancer treatments, the Loving Care Gift Set was born to help provide relief from dry, itchy skin, brittle nails and radiation burns, just a few of the superficial effects of chemotherapy and radiation. People began sending their success stories from pampering their skin with the Loving Care Gift Set during their cancer journey. In 2015, Heidi Leist believed the Loving Care Set could touch so many more lives wrecked by a cancer diagnosis, and in October, to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual With Love, Lemongrass Spa campaign began. We were blessed to gift over 200 Loving Care Gift Sets October 2015, and last year we delivered 800 Loving Care Sets throughout the month of October.
We're encouraging those bravely fighting any type of cancer to share their stories with us, and in return we will gift them one of our Loving Care Gift Sets. Do you know someone who is undergoing cancer treatment? We would like to send a complimentary Loving Care Gift Set to them. Please send your nomination with their story and mailing address to Heather Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Promotion begins October 1 and ends October 31st so kindly send your nominations in during this time.
As a community we are always stronger together. We are humbled to be able to provide these small gifts to individuals, families and communities during times of crisis. Thank you to all of the unsung Lemongrass Spa heroes giving back to your communities with your time, food and other necessities.