The annual Care Card sale days are fast approaching – purchase a Care Card for $50 (available for sale at The Linen Tree), and you will receive 20% off of all of your purchases (of in stock items) at hundreds of local retailers, including The Linen Tree, between October 14th and the 23rd. When you buy a Care Card, all proceeds benefit Ryan House. And while one Care Card is sufficient, you are free to purchase as many Care Cards as you would like as a convenient way to donate to this much needed charity.
Ryan House is a local charity, a home (in Phoenix) providing palliative care for children with life-threatening illnesses. If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to read more about the charity on its website – http://www.ryanhouse.org. Ryan House has gained strong support from the local community, and without trying to be too repetitive, here are a few reasons why we feel that Ryan House is not just another charity:
- Ryan House is one of a kind. Plans for Ryan House were inspired by the experiences of Ryan Cottor, a young boy who had received care at a palliative and hospice care center in Oxford, England. When his parents moved to Phoenix in 2004, they realized that such a concept did not exist in the United States.
- The concept makes sense. Fear of death is prevalent in American culture; as such most medical and children’s charities do little more than to try and save life, even where death may be inevitable. Palliative care involves maximizing the quality of life which remains, independent of medical treatment. Why? For one, a study detailed in a 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that terminal cancer patients who received palliative care early on, as opposed to only receiving standard cancer treatments, lived twice as long, “many times better,” and with less pain, anxiety, and depression. Of course, those who believe in the power of the soul, and those who recognize the value of quality over quantity, should not need to see the results of a medical study in order to support the Ryan House concept.
- It’s not just about the children, but also the families. In an ideal world, parents of terminally ill children could drop their responsibilities, put aside their fears, and effortlessly give their children all of the loving care they deserved. In the real world, caring for a terminally ill child is extremely stressful. Not only can this occasionally, and unintentionally, deprive a child of the loving family he/she so desperately needs, but feelings of guilt and regret can linger long after the child’s death. According to Nancy Flores, Ryan House’s PR and marketing director, marriages affected by a terminally ill child have a 90 percent chance of failing and there is an 85 percent chance that healthy siblings will develop some sort of behavioral problems later on in life.
Now, back to the sale. Whether you are purchasing gifts in advance or simply preparing to host guests, this is a good time to stock up. Enjoy 20% off of all in-stock items in our store; this includes favorites from brands such as Santa Maria Novella, Molton Brown, Jan Barboglio, and Match Pewter. Shop early for the best selection; we are currently well stocked for the fall, with new arrivals that include: new Thymes’ fragrances as well as the return of Thymes’ Frasier Fur; Vietri’s holiday tableware; new dinnerware from Bernardaud and Claus Porto soaps from LAFCO; and much more.
October 15th, we will have a representative from Votivo in our store. Votivo – each of their scented candles is handcrafted in South Carolina – will be giving away free product samples and we will also be raffle-ing off a Votivo gift box worth more than $200. The store will be open from 10 am through 5 pm and we would love to see you there!