Mud Pie Supports American Cancer Society with Paz▪itive Thoughts Collection

Re-blogged with permissions.

mud pieWhen Marcia Miller, Mud Pie’s founder, called on a friend facing a recent cancer diagnosis, their time together took an unexpected turn. “Nobody knows what to say to a person who has just received devastating news,” Karen Paz, single mother of two, shared with Miller. “And they absolutely don’t want to come empty handed!” Pointing to a stack of adult coloring books and jam, they laughed about the lack of creative and tasteful gift options in the marketplace designed for just such situations. An idea was brewing. Then the conversation turned to hair.

“A bad hair day is better than a no hair day,” Karen joked as she relayed the challenges of losing hers and getting insurance to cover the cost of a wig. And with that, the still simmering idea began to take shape.

In a matter of days, a collection of encouraging, inspirational and motivational gifts – Paz▪itive Thoughts (a play on Karen’s last name)- emerged. The American Cancer Society came on board to help facilitate wig distribution to patients in need. It would be a small answer to the question of “what to say or give in a difficult situation” while helping to provide comfort and assistance to cancer patients facing hair loss.

Mud Pie is supporting this program with a $100,000 donation to The American Cancer Society in honor of Karen Paz and in memory of Miller’s dear friend Debbie Sonenshine, who was lost to breast cancer in 2004.

Proceeds from Mud Pie’s Paz▪itive Thoughts initiative will help to increase awareness of The American Cancer Society’s Tender Loving Care (TLC) program and will fund gift certificates to help underserved cancer patients purchase wigs. TLC allows patients to shop for affordable wigs in the privacy of their own homes. Mud Pie gift vouchers will be distributed by ACS patient navigators who guide cancer patients to reliable information, resources and services that help them eliminate non-medical hurdles that prevent them from getting the care that they need. The pilot program launches in 2017 in select hospitals and cancer centers across the nation.


Note: Original article can be found here

Jane Marie | “Spread Love” through Louisiana Flood Relief Fund


Necklaces are available on and through you Territory Manager.

Do you want to help those affected by the Louisiana Floods of August 2016? Four days of torrential rain produced unprecedented flooding across South Louisiana that was worse than hurricanes of the past.  Places that had never flooded before flooded.  The deluge damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes, more than 40,000 people were rescued, and multitude have been left homeless, stranded in shelters after the rains did stop.  This disaster struck without warning or giving people time to prepare.

What is the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund? The Louisiana Flood Relief Fund was established with a $100,000 gift from Baton Rouge Area Foundation assets to help people in North Louisiana after the spring flooding. Louisiana Flood Relief Fund have given grants to meet the needs of those that easily get overlooked in a crisis, like providing money to house families with children who have autism and could not live in a noisy shelter. Grants to assist damaged schools and displaced students.

Jane Marie Jewelry had family and friends affected during both of the floods this year.  After seeing firsthand the amount of damage and devastation we wanted to help in the recovery. So Jane Marie has designed a delicate carded necklace “Spread Love” and is giving 100% of the proceeds to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.


For more information on ordering, please contact your OneCoast Territory Manager. If you wish to learn about more ways to help, please click here.

Blog post was provided by Jane Marie.

Recap: OneCoast Gives Back


Article written by Tammy Myers, OneCoast HR Administrative Assistant

Last December, John Keiser, OneCoast CEO introduced a new 2016 OneCoast Core Value to “Make a Difference” by giving back to individuals and communities as well as inspiring goodness through organized service projects, donations and random acts of kindness.  In conjunction with these efforts, our OneCoast Philanthropy Team initiated two exciting opportunities to make a difference during the recent Summer Show season by providing donated items for our Backpacks of Hope and Helping the Homeless initiatives.  Both projects were designed to spread hope and help change lives of children and adults in the local areas of Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Working as a T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More), OneCoast employees, retailers and our vendor partners collected numerous boxes of backpacks and school supplies for children heading back to school soon as well as hundreds of t-shirts, hats and personal care items for the homeless.  The response was overwhelming and much appreciated by the following local organizations that benefited from the donations:

  • Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School
  • Second Chance Baptist Church Homeless Ministry
  • The Atlanta Mission & My Sisters House
  • Ethel W. Kight Elementary School
  • Las Vegas Rescue Mission

A special THANK YOU to everyone that participated.  Even the smallest investment you give to someone’s future can make a difference!  Look for more opportunities to give back as we continue these and other new initiatives during the months to come.

View the full OneCoast Gives Back album on Facebook! 

Vendor Spotlight | Mud Pie

Content provided by Mud Pie and Mud Pie Territory Managers, Leslie Dickinson/Christi Aldridge

Known for always being on trend, Mud Pie truly offers brilliant design, high style and amazingly affordable gifts.

For the savvy retailer our varied collections for Home Living, Fashion and Kids naturally lend themselves to unlimited possibilities for cross merchandising within the line to create compelling and imaginative color coordinated and occasion themed displays.

Want a sneak peek at their Fall Fashion line? Take a minute to watch this video!

Mud Pie known for all of their lines. What some people may not know is how they give back. Mud Pie is partnered with the March of Dimes. Here’s a breakdown of their partnership works. MDO

Did you know that the #1 way that Americans donate to causes is by purchasing products that support charities? Mud Pie retailers can join us in the fight against premature birth, by selling Mud Pie baby socks and soft headbands. Mud Pie donates a dime for every sock and soft headband sold to the March of Dimes. Since 2013, Mud Pie has donated over $360,000 to the March of Dimes!

Check out the other ways Mud Pie retailers can participate, below.

Host an event.

Here is how it works:

  • You can locate your local MOD chapter by clicking here.
  • When filling in the request box, tell them you are inquiring about a partnership as a distributor/retailer of the National Give Today, Give them Tomorrow partner, Mud Pie: “I’m inquiring about a local partnership opportunity here in ____________. I am a local retailer who sells Mud Pie merchandise through the Give Today, Give them Tomorrow program. I would like to become more involved locally. Please let me know how we can connect.”

Event ideas include:

  • Ask customers who shop during a specified time frame (e.g. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, graduation, holiday) for a “check-out” donation to the March of Dimes. It’s easy, you ring the donation to a specified code and at the end of the program the store presents a check to their local March of Dimes chapter.
  • Host a shopping event in your store and donate a portion of the day’s sales to the March of Dimes in your local community.
  • Let your Mud Pie Territory Manager  know that your store is hosting an event and they will help with giveaways. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.

The ideas are endless and the March of Dimes and Mud Pie are happy to help!

Store Donation

As a retailer, you may wish to make a monetary donation to show their support. All checks should be directed to be sent to the National Office with a letter sharing that it is in support of Mud Pie’s participation in imbornto.

March of Dimes National Office
Attention: Zoe Henriquez
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 997-4488



Have questions on Mud Pie, March of Dimes or anything else? Contact your Mud Pie Territory Manager today!