The traveled to Memphis on June 19 to deliver the check. They also built a playhouse for the children and participated in an event that had them sing with children from the hospital and read them stories.
Chip and Joanne Gaines, stars of the reality television series about home design and renovation, Fixer Upper are an extremely generous couple. They presented a $ 1.5 million check to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital Target in Memphis, Tennessee. That's not all, they also gifted a new and permanent playhouse designed by them to the St. Jude Target House. The families of kids being treated at the hospital stay free of charge at the Target house. They traveled to Memphis on June 19 for the purpose. The playhouse is behind an archway covered in flowers and also has a pretend kitchen where kids can play chef and a small table with plastic food.
Back in 2017, the couple had unveiled their redesign of the dining room at the St. Jude Target House, and they used pieces from their Hearth & Hand with Magnolia home brand collection. According to People, Chip said at the event, "As we walked in today, a little boy told us that he’s ‘demo day-ing’ his cancer treatment and that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard. In our world, demo day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a newer, more exciting one."
He added, "And that’s exactly what we want for you — we’re pulling for each and every one of you.” The couple sported bumblebee headbands and sang songs. They also read stories from Joanne's children's book, We Are the Gardeners. Not very long ago, the couple had posted a challenge on social media called the #ChipInChallenge asking people to donate to the children’s hospital under their name.
The also teamed up with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, her fiancé Alex Rodriguez, Drew Barrymore, Jessie James Decker, Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line, asking them to post about the challenge in an effort to raise over $230,000 for the hospital. Joanna said, "When we heard that the space outside of Target House could use a little love, we knew right away that we wanted to create a sweet playhouse for the kids to enjoy."
She added, "There’s something so special about spending time together outside and while we’re hopeful that these families will not have to stay here for very long, we wanted to create a retreat for them to explore while they are here." Talking about the design of the playhouse, Joanne said, "We knew we wanted it to feel whimsical and fun — that was the inspiration behind details like the colorful flowers in the flower boxes and the sweet kitchen area," Joanna said. "Our hope is that this space brings a bit of joy to the families here."
The couple's association with St Jude's Children Hospital and Target House has been quite strong. In 2017, Chip vowed to shave his head on-site at St Jude if fans helped him to raise $25,000 in under a week. This was surpassed with a total collection of around $230,000. While Chip was engaged with the #ChipInChallenge, his friend and marathon trainer Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, was near her life's end. She had been suffering from a rare salivary gland cancer.
He raised the goal from the original $230,000 to $500,000 and vowed to match all donations to St Jude and the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. The couple is working on launching their own cable network in 2020.