Maggie's Gives: Here’s How
At Maggie’s Organics, we pay it forward a bit differently than most companies. We help in and around our own community in Michigan as well as in the communities of our business partners thousands of miles away. In addition to giving our products – always first-quality goods, never seconds or throwaways – we give our time, too, to make sure our products get to the people who need them. We’re also crystal clear about our contributions, which is why our give-backs are based on sales, not profits. Profits can be manipulated. At Maggie’s Organics, we proudly give transparently.
Maggie’s Organics Provides Socks, Underwear for Ukrainian Refugees
On March 25, 2022, Maggie’s Organics founder and owner Bena Burda received an interesting email.
“I am about to embark on a journey to Poland to help with the (Ukrainian) refugee crisis,” it said. “Other clothing has been donated, but there is a dire need for new socks and underwear (primarily for women and children).”
“Could you donate 200 pair of women’s underwear to the relief effort?”
The email’s author, Joanna Trzeciak Huss, is Associate Professor of Russian and Polish Translation and Translation Studies at Kent State University. She spent two summers conducting research in Lviv, Ukraine and “could not sit idly by” as Russia invaded Ukraine and forced millions of people to flee their home country.
Joanna had been “wearing Maggie's Organics for years: socks, leggings, and underwear. I know how comfortable they are.”
Bena’s response was immediate.
“We can absolutely help.”
Bena told Joanna that in 1988, she participated in a month-long peace walk in the Ukraine. She’d recently revisited the photos from her time there, “complete with tears.”
“Such amazing people.”
Maggie's Organics staff packing products for donation.
For Joanna’s trip, Maggie’s Organics provided 100 packages of women’s underwear, each containing two pair; and 60 pairs of socks.
On May 2, Joanna emailed Bena about her trip:
“I brought everything over personally and delivered to two places in Poznan, Poland. The first was a giant exhibition hall, MTP Poznan Expo Center. It had previously been converted to a Covid hospital, and was adapted as a temporary place of stay for about 800 refugees from Ukraine, mostly women and children. Some of the refugees have been living there for approximately a month. The city provides the space and pays for utilities, but all the rest, such as food and clothing, is donated by individuals.
“Before I entered the Expo Center, I encountered a group of refugees outside, and asked if they had any need for socks or underwear. They were overjoyed and said that this is one thing that they really need. The Maggie’s Organics socks and underwear were extremely popular and were snapped up instantly. The refugees had come from various parts of Ukraine, including Donetsk, suburbs of Kyiv, and Mariupol.
“The second place where I handed out the Maggie’s Organics socks and underwear was the Poznan Arena. People were living in an open air environment on the main stage, and some even sleeping on benches in the audience area.
“Thank you to Maggie’s Organics for providing much needed relief for the Ukrainians at a very difficult time. It was much appreciated. All best, Joanna.”
Joanna Trzeciak Huss traveled from Kent, Ohio to Poznan, Poland to provide Ukrainian refugees with much-needed supplies, including Maggie's Organics underwear and socks.
Joanna Trzeciak Huss, distributing Maggie's Organics clothing outside the Poznan Expo Center in Poland.
Children's shoes and boots, at the Poznan Expo Center.
Ukrainian refugees, with a container of Maggie's Organics clothing.
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