Chip and Joanna Gaines Make Massive Donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Popular couple presented the facility with a sizable amount — here's why they did what they did

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the popular stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” have made a sizable donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The Waco, Texas-based couple — who are the parents of five children — gave the hospital a $1.5 million check on June 19, as People magazine noted in a piece about the donation.

The couple also gave the St. Jude Target House a new playhouse that they personally designed.

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That long-term housing facility is for the families of patients at St. Jude.

“When we heard that the space outside of Target House could use a little love, we knew right away that we wanted to create a sweet playhouse for the kids to enjoy,” Joanna Gaines said at the event, as People noted.

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“There’s something so special about spending time together outside and while we’re hopeful that these families will not have to stay here for very long, we wanted to create a retreat for them to explore while they are here.”

“When we were designing this playhouse,” she added, “we knew we wanted it to feel whimsical and fun — that was the inspiration behind details like the colorful flowers in the flower boxes and the sweet kitchen area.”

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“Our hope is that this space brings a bit of joy to the families here.”

The couple are launching their own cable network in 2020.

“The money will ensure that families of children with cancer never receive a bill from them for treatment, travel, housing or food.”

The donation was raised through a social media campaign called the #ChipInChallenge, according to People.

It noted that celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez also participated.

The Gaineses originally had a goal of raising $500,000 — and ultimately presented the $1.5 million donation.

“The money will ensure that families of children with cancer never receive a bill from them for treatment, travel, housing or food,” as People noted.

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