written by: Bailey Nicholas, High Risk Hope Executive Director
High Risk Hope can honestly say that the growth we have experienced over the past three years would not have happened without Jersey Mike’s Subs. So how, you might ask, does eating a sandwich help preemies? Each March, Jersey Mike’s Subs locations throughout West Central Florida collect donations for HRH all month long. The campaign culminates in the “Day of Giving” on the last Wednesday of the month when all West Central Florida Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants donate 100 percent of the day’s sales to HRH. 2020 marks the fourth year that HRH has been the benefitting charity for the Month of Giving, and we hope you will choose to visit one (or more!) of the 40 participating locations this March and especially on the Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 (mark your calendars!).
When HRH began partnering with Jersey Mike’s Subs in 2017, we operated three programs (NICU Napsacks, Bed Rest Baskets, and Books for Babies) in three central Florida hospitals (St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital). Thanks to the over $324,000 raised through the Month of Giving over the past three years, HRH now operates six programs (adding HRH Bundles, NICU Dinners, and Bereavement Boxes) in six central Florida hospitals (adding Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, AdventHealth Tampa and Mease Countryside Hospital). That’s DOUBLE the families we were able to support before 2017. In 2020, we hope to raise over $100,000 in order to continue supporting 2,000+ families experiencing hospitalization due to high risk pregnancy and premature birth in our community.
The Day of Giving on March 25th provides one of the easiest ways to give back to our community’s smallest newborns. You’ve gotta eat that day, so why not eat at Jersey Mike’s Subs. If you spend $8 on a sub, HRH receives ALL $8. It’s that simple! You will also get a chance to say hi to our HRH Family Ambassadors who will be in each store that day to greet customers, share their personal stories, and raise awareness about premature birth. If you are interested in becoming a Family Ambassador on the Day of Giving, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at a Jersey Mike’s Subs this month. Bon Appetit!