By Jayson Bronkhorst
About a month ago, Valued turned one year old!
But we didn't celebrate. Partly because it came up so fast, but also partly because something very important has been in the works.
About a year ago, someone asked me, "Where does the money for the shirts go?" Initially, I was confused; who did this girl think I was? I just started this "company" out of my college apartment. I replied, "It goes to... make more shirts?" I had never advertised Valued as a charity, but I came to realize the message "every person has value" inherently sends the message that there is something greater than ourselves, a key facet of which can be giving to the marginalized, those in need, anybody who I can bless with my American dream excess.
When I first had the ideas for starting up Valued, a couple of my main inspirations were To Write Love On Her Arms and HeartSupport. These companies' core values focus around peer support, spreading positive self image, and sharing the concept of inherent human value. I longed for Valued to be something like that; I wanted to create a brand, but I mainly wanted to make a lasting impact on the state of Minnesota and beyond.
So, as of today, October 1, 2016, Valued will start donating proceeds from every clothing purchase to different causes and organizations that share our heart. The cause of may be a worldwide company, or it may be a local cause or organization (SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS!). Though these causes will vary, they will always center around the concept of inherent human value.
The October 2016 giving spotlight is local Minneapolis nonprofit Fighting Chance Boxing Club, whose goal is to make a positive impact on the youth of North Minneapolis. They focus on creating positive community and discipline through boxing and physical training. To read more about Fighting Chance, head over to the Spotlight page.
No matter the amount given each month, I'm excited to take any and every opportunity to give to causes that wearing clothing can't solve. To everyone who has ever supported Valued and anyone that ever will, thank you. I pray that your support will extend to those around you as your eyes open up to bigger overarching issues.