Even Seventy-five Cents Made a Difference

Danny Thomas officially opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on February 4, 1962, in Memphis, Tennessee. During an early fundraising trip, Danny visited Peoria, Illinois. He met a little boy who — though blind and partially deaf — told Danny Thomas that he “wanted to help the poor, sick kids.”

The boy handed Danny seventy-five cents. The story made the newspapers. Today a copy of that newspaper is preserved along with other early documents in one of St. Jude’s cornerstones.

Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. It costs $2.4 million per day to operate St. Jude, and public contributions provide more than 75 percent of the funds necessary to operate the hospital. When a child goes to St. Jude for treatment, families NEVER receive a bill for treatment, because all a family should worry about is helping their children live.

Since 1991, Athens has had a distribution hub in Memphis.  We are located on Getwell Road, 20 minutes from the St. Jude campus. International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, and one of IP’s best-known brands is Hammermill®.

Athens is partnering with IP on the Hammermill rebate program. Participating Athens customers have the opportunity to purchase cartons or pallets of qualifying Hammermill paper and get a rebate. If you choose, you can donate some or all of the rebate to St. Jude.

We hope you will participate. As proved by the child in Peoria, even a small contribution will help St. Jude in their vital mission to cure children of cancer.

For more information, please download the Rebate Form.