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Help us heal Ferguson - 15% of Blissoma retail sales for December will go to Earthdance Farms and St. Louis Area Foodbank

Posted by on 12/5/2014
Help us heal Ferguson - 15% of Blissoma retail sales for December will go to Earthdance Farms and St. Louis Area Foodbank
"A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Dear clients and friends,

Blissoma has our headquarters and production studio in St. Louis City. Since August of this year civil unrest has rocked our community. Ferguson is located just 15 minutes down highway 70 from our production studio in North City. Friends and business associates have been closely affected by the struggle our community has faced. Some live and work in the Ferguson area, some have given up work time to protest or volunteer with repair efforts, and everyone in St. Louis has been emotionally riveted and strained by the history-making civil rights struggles and legal events.

While discussion continues about details, positions, and legal processes what is crystal clear is that our community has a lot of healing to do. Bridging divides requires generosity and venues where citizens can work hand in hand to create understanding. People also have immediate and urgent needs due to loss of income from their businesses being destroyed, looted, or having sales impacted by the unfolding events.

7 years ago when searching for a studio location I purposefully chose a distressed urban neighborhood in North St. Louis City because I believe in personally working towards restoration of our city's economic fabric and commmunity strength. Since then I have done everything I can to bring prosperity and progress to our neighborhood. Every dollar spent at Blissoma helps us create more fair wage jobs in St. Louis City, improve our historic building, and solidify a brighter future for Hyde Park. We know we are doing what we can every day to make our community better. However, we would like to do more this month.

We were fortunate that our building has been safe and intact and our staff has been able to work consistently through the Ferguson unrest. Because we are still in a position of strength we want to use that strength to help two organizations that are in a prime position to help make real progress with short and long term solutions for the Ferguson community.

For the rest of December 15% of all our retail online sales on Blissoma.com will be charitably donated to Earthdance Farms and the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Our client base is compassionate and is nationally based which puts us in a fantastic position to enable you to help our local community no matter where you are. If you have felt motivated to help the St. Louis community but have been at a loss for how we're providing one way you can acquire wholly healthy gifts AND positively impact Ferguson and St. Louis.

Earthdance Farms will receive 10% of the charitable proceeds for their Ferguson Farm School Youth Jobs program which brings local youth of all racial backgrounds to the farm to learn and participate in organic farming.

Molly Rockamann of Earthdance Farms organic farming school. We at EarthDance have seen the power of bringing young people to our Organic Farm School in Ferguson, a peaceful outdoor setting, not only for learning about healthier choices, but also for gaining real skills for growing food and respecting the environment. These young people are the future of Ferguson.

To read more about Earthdance's very personal take and commitment to rebuilding and healing in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson you can read their recent blog post.

We've known Molly Rockamann and the Earthdance Farms crew for many years now and their progress in that community has been passionate and unrelenting. Friendships formed over farming are built on respect and caring which is what the young people of that community will need to forge a peaceful and equitable future. We cannot think of a better program to support to help heal that community in such a wholesome, lasting, and sustainable way.

To help families with immediate and pressing needs for food we will also donate 5% towards the St. Louis Area Foodbank, which has been sending extra food up to Ferguson area food pantries to help with increased need. I personally know the strain of lost income and spent a year on pantry assistance myself at one point. Helping families in need will always be a cause close to my heart. A donation of food can allow a family to pay their mortgage or utility bills with available cash and get them through moments when they may not be yet eligible to access foodstamps or other help. Pantries are a vital source of immediate aid to help people bridge gaps and stay afloat during trying times.

Blissoma will continue to invest heavily in our community to positively build an equitable, economically prosperous, socially just city for our future. We appreciate the purchases of each and every one of you. The more support we receive the more we can do, and every dollar is put to work in some beneficial way. We are a bootstrapped, grassroots company which means that we are literally funded by the purchases of our clients. You make change and progress possible. For that we deeply thank you and promise we will always try our best to be a company you can be proud to support in all ways.

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Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Julie Longyear
Blissoma Founder and Herbal Chemist

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