My husband Brian and I are Independent Curators with The Cocoa Exchange. The Cocoa Exchange is a boutique gourmet chocolate business. All of our products, from three different lines, are specially curated just for us by Mars Wrigley (the world’s largest chocolate company. We have three delicious lines of products: POD and BEAN, PURE DARK, and DOVE SIGNATURE. All the items in our catalog contain chocolate, our secret ingredient! We are a direct to consumer company. As independent curators, we have the flexibility to operate our business on our own but still have the amazing products and backing of an established company. One of the benefits for us is that we can choose to use our business to support the causes that are important to us.
We chose to partner with your Ronald McDonald location for our project that we are calling Operation ComfortCoffee because your organization as a whole is very near and dear to us. When our oldest son (who is now 24 years old) was 18 months, we had our first stay at the Ronald McDonald House at Scottish Rites Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was there to have cranial surgery. Over the next 4 years, we stayed at this location many times for doctor visits and a second major cranial surgery.
It is difficult to put into words what that experience was like for us but the house was a refuge and a blessing. Our first fundraising effort was collecting soda can pull tabs which we still do to this day. As the years have gone by, several other family members have needed the warm embrace of one of the houses. If we can bring comfort to the families staying with you, the staff, and the volunteers by providing a treat each month, we are delighted to do that. We have asked family, friends, and customers to help us in this effort and they have stepped up.
For the next year (for now), the house will be receiving a pound of Cocoa Exchange Chocolate Coffee and a box of k-cups as well. We hope that you all enjoy it!
Sweet Regards, Monica & Brian Sautter
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