“Giving Tuesday” is traditionally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. But, hey why can’t EVERY Tuesday be a giving Tuesday? I want the world to see that interior design can be so much more impactful than just choosing pretty things. This month I’d like to try to feature a design company or group that incorporates philanthropy, and I could not think of a better way to kick off the month of May by introducing you all to Savvy Giving by Design.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about this non-profit organization. That’s because their mission is so near and dear to my heart, as it combines my love for interior design with helping kids get better. On a day-to-day, I do my best to make sure kids get the proper medicine to help them improve and hopefully go home as soon as possible. These kids are some of the most resilient and brave people that have already undergone a lifetime of medical treatments and experiences that most adults will never even have to face. It’s unfortunate to say the least, but simultaneously awe-inspiring. It’s no surprise then, that when I heard Susan Wintersteen, founder of SGBD, speak about her cause at the Design Bloggers’ Conference, it definitely brought a tear to my eye. I felt like in that moment I was in the right place, at the right time, and was meant to hear her speak about two of my passions converging.
Savvy Giving by Design’s mission is to “provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them.” They find the perfect balance of beautiful, yet functional design to ensure these kids, who may end up spending a majority of their time at home (due to being on immunosuppressants or avoiding high risk contacts/activities), have a perfectly customized sanctuary suitable to meet their medical needs.
You must must must watch their videos, follow their instagram page and visit their website and facebook page! I dare you to not feel incredibly moved when you see the priceless reactions of these kids when they see their reveal! To Susan and her team: you are all such an inspiration and I hope to one day be able to also make an impact on these deserving clients.