What These Generous Companies
Alexandria had an ambitious goal, to help as many children as possible and their families who are being assisted by St. Jude Children's Hospital. If not for these generous companies it would have remained just that, an ambitious goal. However, these companies stood up and made sure we had both the gear and the supplies we needed to complete Alexandria's journey of love, hope, happiness and
help. Thank you all so much.
What an amazing company. The first time I called I spoke to Kyle. He listened and offered to help, no strings, maybe just some pictures of our special journey for the owner. What an incredible company to help a child reach for a dream with no desire of exposure. However, we wanted to ensure that we informed people of this Amazing company. Alps Mountaineering has a huge line of high quality products that should fit any need. An incredible variety of tents, sleeping bags, trecking poles and so much more. Thank you so much to everyone at ALPS Mountaineering. Above all this ALPS Mountaineering does have such incredible products, you will be so pleased with each purchase.
Amazing footwear! The first time I took Alexandria for hiking boots she picked up a pair of Keen boots and has never looked back. Never once has she complained about her boots. When we asked Keen for help this was the response we received via email from Ben. "This sounds awesome, count me in. I don't need any exposure or promises from you guys I just hope your daughter is able to inspire others to take action." Although we were told they needed no exposure, we wanted to make sure people know that Keen is an Awesome company, with Awesome people and Awesome products!
One of our major concerns for the trail was critters of all sizes being able to smell the food in our packs. I was sure there had to be something out there that at the least would help, so I did some research, was I ever glad that I did. My research took to a company called Smelly Proof. I was so happy to see that their odor barrier bags were not only proven odor proof but are made of non-toxic plastic. These strong durable bags are BPA Free and do not contain any Phthalates or Bisphenol-A. When I sent an email to Smelly Proof asking for help I received a reply that they would send us some bags for our journey. Within a few days of that email Alexandria opened the package and could not believe all the odor barrier bags they sent us. An incredibly generous company with an amazing line of products. There awesome odor barrier bags are not just for hiking but can be used in everyday life, check them out for yourself.
We have tried many products from Lotus Foods and loved them all. By far, Alexandria's favorite is the Organic Millet and Brown Rice Ramen. At home we use it every time we make shrimp and broccoli or chicken and broccoli. For the trail it is just as great, ready in only four minutes and packed with nutrition. Not only is it USDA Certified Organic but the Millet and Brown Rice is also Gluten Free, Vegan and Non GMO. Great for meals whether you are on the trail or at home.
We were looking for a very important piece of equipment, a cook pot. We found something that exceeded our expectations and were fortunate enough that it is produced by an incredible company. We have talked to many hikers about cooking and the importance of selecting the right cook pot. One name we hear over and over is Vargo, more specifically the Vargo Titanium BOT - Bottle Pot. This is an incredible piece of equipent that is versatile, duarble, ultra lightweight and built with great quality. Made of unlined, uncoated titanium, it is biocompatible, strong and holds up to the riggers of thru hiking. While having a large 1 liter capacity and a wide mouth, it only weighs in at 5.2 ounces or 147 grams. It will also fit in most water bottle pockets. When we received the package we first thought they forgot to ship them to us because the box was so light. As soon as Vargo heard of what Alexandria would be doing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital they wanted to help her. Thank you so much to Vargo for not only donating two Vargo Titanium BOT - Bottle Pot but for helping Alexandria in her dream of helping others.
How do you get involved? Well, you could simply follow the lead of IWCO Direct. A company that not only cares but cares enough to get involved and help. Each year they give back, the amazing employees take part in a basket raffle with the proceeds going to help others. We were very fortunate to have received a call from Ann Marie. She had sent Alexandria's information to their headquarters. The answer came back that they wanted to help Alexandria with her fundraising. We were invited to their local location and Alexandria took part in the ticket sales. Everyone was so incredible, so loving and just willing to help Alexandria with her fundraising. These amazing individuals came together and raised $1,631.00 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We are so thankful to IWCO Direct and especially thankful of all the amazing employees who took the time to help a little girl with her huge dream of helping St. Jude.
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