Springbok Cares is Springbok's charitable giving program. From the sale of special puzzles, we are able to give financial support to charitable organizations that support loved ones fighting Alzheimer's Disease, Autism and breast cancer. Below is a list of the charities which we sponsor, and the months in which the proceeds from the online sales of our puzzles support them. If you would like more information about our charitable giving, join our email list below and get updates throughout the year.
April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a developmental disorder affecting the brain. Its most familiar characteristic is that it hinders a person's ability to communicate, socialize, and empathize with others. While autism can include many other deficits, people with autism have many strengths and gifts and are part of our community.
Though rare in the past, autism is on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control's March, 2013 report, 1 in 50 school age children has autism. This is an increase fom the 2008 estimate of 1 in 88 or approximately 1 million American children.
Because of the growing rate of autism and other learning disorders, Springbok Puzzles wanted to get involved. We decided to partner with the Marian Hope Center, based in our home state of Missouri. The Marian Hope Center, founded in 2007, provides hands on training, support, and education for families with autism.
For every Springbok Kids puzzle purchased on our website in April, Springbok is donating 50% of the proceeds directly to the Marian Hope Center for children with Autism and their families.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Springbok Puzzles helps support the MetaCancer Foundation, an organization with a single goal: to improve the psychological and emotional well-being of survivors of metastatic cancer. The MetaCancer Foundation provides support and resources for metastatic cancer survivors "to go meta: to live beyond [the] diagnosis right now with strength, grace, and peace."
The MetaCancer Foundation website is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Anne Prostic, a 31-year old wife and mother who passed away from metastatic breast cancer on March 31, 2005. Our puzzle, Symbols of Strength is inspired by Elizabeth and other warriors like her.
20% of the proceeds from the online sales of the Symbols of Strength puzzle are donated to the MetaCancer Foundation during the month of October.
November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive and deadly form of dementia that is not part of the natural aging process. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and it is on the rise. Over 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Mostly, they are cared for by over 10 million loved ones.
Current brain research shows that some forms of mental exercise, like jigsaw puzzles, can slow the progression of this disease. Jigsaw puzzles are especially helpful as they stimulate multiple areas of the brain at once. Traditional jigsaws, however, are too difficult for advanced Alzheimer patients, causing agitation and frustration.
Puzzles to Remember are created for the Alzheimer's patient. These puzzles are the same overall dimensions as our 500-piece puzzles, but they have only 12 or 36 pieces. Much larger than even traditional children's jigsaw pieces, they are easier for Alzheimer's patients to manipulate. Plus, the nostalgic and cheerful themes are chosen for their ability to provide gentle stimulation and positive reinforcement.
Our puzzles were inspired by the work of Max Wallack, a family caregiver who saw, firsthand, the impact of Alzheimer's on his great grandmother, and the calming effect of jigsaw puzzles. When Max was 12, he created www.PuzzlesToRemember.org for collecting and distributing puzzles to Alzheimer's patients. From January through June of 2012, Max's organization has donated over 5,000 puzzles throughout all of North America. These puzzles include new, Puzzles to Remember from Springbok as well as "gently used" puzzles in a variety of formats Max collects himself and distributes, via financial help from American Express.
Puzzles to Remember allows us to give back to the community twice: first, through the benefit patients derive from working them and second, through the donations we make from the sale of these puzzles in November, National Alzheimer's Month.
During November, Springbok Puzzles donates 50% of the proceeds from the online sale of these puzzles to Max Wallack's charity, Puzzles to Remember.