Honest employees added one more gift to their shopping lists this holiday season, and brought toys and cheer to the kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Ronald McDonald House of the Inland Empire. The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House provides resources, support and a home away from home for families with children at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. Together, we collected over 500 toys. Our Honest warehouse team took an afternoon to stop by the newly expanded Ronald McDonald House (now with 54 rooms!) to drop off the toys and restock the house with an assortment of Honest product for families spending time away from home.
This Giving Tuesday, Honest employees volunteered their time for a cause close to home. Los Angeles has the 2nd largest homeless population in the US, and Mayor Garcetti’s Welcome Home Project is raising awareness to unite Angelenos in taking action. To support this project, Honest employees assembled 80 housewarming gift packages filled with Honest product and home essentials for formerly homeless individuals moving into new permanent housing, thanks to the the help of local nonprofit St. Joseph Center. We hope this gesture made a small difference in helping them feel welcome and at home in their new surroundings.
Nearly 1 in 3 families in America struggles to afford enough diapers, which can lead to serious health issues for babies and their parents. We teamed up with the White House #DiaperGap initiative to do our part to help close the gap. The campaign fell in the middle of election season, so we decided to rally around our limited edition bi-partisan “Love Today” election diaper, which was created to teach our children to embrace unity and compassion. To kick off the campaign, we threw an election-themed party for the children staying at Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, as well as their families. And for every like and comment on our #LoveToday social media posts, we donated 1 diaper to organizations across the country supporting families in need. By election day, we reached 1.2 million diapers! These diapers reached families in Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Boston, Atlanta and Washington DC through organizations including Baby2Baby, Cradles to Crayons, DC Diaper Bank and Austin Diaper Bank.
For the 3rd year in a row, Honest employees teamed up for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon to help support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and their efforts in the treatment of children in critical need of life-saving care. Forty four dedicated teammates, first time triathletes and old pros alike, trained side by side all summer long in support of race day. And though the day was cloudy, the race was yet another success. Together, we raised nearly $30,000 for CHLA.
In support of our relationship with Target and our commitment as a Target Made to Matter brand, we partnered with our fellow Made to Matter brands to demonstrate our shared commitment to giving back to our local communities. With Honest leading the charge, participating brands joined together in a “Made to Matter Week of Service.”
We teamed up with City Year to roll up our sleeves and transform a local elementary school – Honest volunteers helped with various beautification projects, ranging from painting educational murals to creating engaging blacktop games and activities and more!
For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we partnered for the 3rd consecutive year with MaxLove Project, an organization dedicated to bringing whole-body health resources to families battling childhood cancer. We’re so inspired by their work, and asked our community to share what inspires them in an effort to support this incredible organization. For every #HonestLovesMax post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we donated $1 to the MaxLove Project, totaling $50,000 before the end of the month.
This August, when Louisiana experienced devastating flooding, American Red Cross began to help by providing shelter, meals and relief items to victims of the floods. Working closely with the Red Cross team to determine how we could help and what items were needed most, we shipped 15,095 units of Honest product for immediate distribution! Our shipment included:
We are proud to be one of American Red Cross’s many partners and will continue our support as Louisiana recovers.
In partnership with the Confetti Foundation and with the help of over 150 Honest employees, we helped assemble birthday boxes for children spending their birthdays in the hospital. After the boxes were complete, we brought the birthday cheer to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and hosted a party to celebrate all of the children and birthdays spent away from home. Kids got creative with paint and canvas, and decorated pillowcases for their hospital pillows back in their rooms. Each family also received a gift bag filled with Honest goodies, and we will continue to provide items for every birthday box that the Confetti Foundation sends over the next year. The boxes will be distributed across 42 states and 130 hospitals!
To promote early childhood development, Christopher Gavigan joined United Way of Williamson County in celebrating the opening of their newest Born Learning Trail in Austin, TX. United Way’s Born Learning initiative focuses on making early childhood education more accessible throughout the community. Employees of Honest’s Austin office constructed signs, poured concrete and painted sidewalks to engage park-goers in educational activities. Children can now participate in literacy and language games along the trail at Champions Park with their parents and caregivers.
We are passionate about fostering a clean environment and are committed to giving our time to support the work of great local nonprofits, like Heal the Bay, that are actively protecting our local ecosystems. In July, and in partnership with Heal the Bay, we hit the sand with our family and friends to help clean up our local beaches. In just two short hours, we cleared the beach of 154.5 pounds of trash and 1,206 cigarette butts! As we spent time cleaning up with friends, the afternoon reminded us of just how much work needs to be done to protect our local beaches and marine ecosystem. That’s why we are proud to continue our support of Heal the Bay’s important work with a $7,500 sponsorship!
Honest was thrilled to partner with Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Welcome Home Project, which helps formerly homeless individuals and families move into housing throughout LA. We gathered a team of employees to sort through donated items and assemble welcome home baskets filled with Honest essentials for their move into a new home. Craig Gatarz, our Executive Vice President & General Counsel, spoke at the event about our social goodness program and commitment to donating products and volunteer time to programs like the Mayor’s homelessness initiative. The conversation around homelessness is one we are excited to continue to support!
This month, we had the delight of surprising our long-time friends at the Garden School Foundation with a $50,000 donation — enough to resume their Seed to Table program, which was previously suspended due to lack of funding. Sean Kane, our Co-Founder and President, stopped by to deliver the good news and was met with joyful tears and applause from hundreds of staff, students, parents and members of the community. To celebrate, we invited celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, of Maré and Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, to join us in hosting a healthy cooking lesson for 25 first grade students.
Read More: Honest Digs The Garden School Foundation
In celebration of the launch of our Spring Diaper Collection, we decided to get social and give back. With your help, we donated 1.2 million diapers in conjunction with the White House #DiaperGap initiative — our single largest diaper donation to date! Each week over the month of March, we featured a different city on Honest social channels and committed to donating 1 pack of diapers across select cities for every reaction, like, comment, or share (up to 1.2 million diapers total). Internal support played a major role in this month of gifting, as well. Joined by Co-Founder Christopher Gavigan, employees from our headquarters hand stuffed and delivered diapers and essentials to over 100 families during their stay at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Read More: Spring Giving: 1 Million Diaper Donation
The Honest Company supports environmental health research and education as part of its efforts to build healthy, safe families. In collaboration with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Christopher Gavigan, Honest Co-Founder and Author of the bestselling book, Healthy Child, Healthy World, hosted a webinar for nearly 500 child care professionals. Volunteering his time and expertise, Christopher shared simple, foundational tips for creating healthy, safe environments for children.
With Honest founders Jessica Alba, Christopher Gavigan, Sean Kane and Brian Lee present, we stuffed and wrapped gift baskets for the children and families of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Following our wrapping festivities, Honest team members surprised the young patients in Loma Linda’s cancer and cardiovascular units with a hand delivery of Honest essentials.