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Chip And Joanna Gaines Raised $1.5 Million For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

This is so awesome!

Chip and Joanna Gaines worked to make the world a brighter place by providing home-improvement inspiration and entertainment to all those who loved watching their “Fixer Upper” show on HGTV — but that’s not the only way they’ve improved the lives of others. The couple recently helped collect $1.49 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital after starting a fundraising challenge on social media.

The Chip In Challenge encouraged others to make donations to the renowned children’s hospital. The donations would directly benefit the children and families dealing with fighting childhood cancer. Chip used his platform to spread the word about the challenge on social media.

On June 4, he posted to Instagram, writing, “Every penny we raise will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and it’s a fact that when we all chip in towards one goal, nothing can stop us.”

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So here's the deal, in 2017 we raised $230,000 for @StJude, and in return, I agreed to shave my head. We all came together for something big and what we were able to accomplish together was really special. We are heading back to St. Jude this year and I'd like to bring them an even bigger check! I'm calling in some favors and pulling together a group of people for what we are calling the #ChipinChallenge—Here's how it works: Go to chipinchallenge.com, select who you’re "rooting for" and donate under their name. Every penny we raise will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and it’s a fact that when we all chip in towards one goal, nothing can stop us. We've got till June 11, so spread the word!

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Days after announcing the challenge, Chip also announced that he’d be matching donations made between a few hours on the last day of fundraising, June 11. He also planned to match donations made to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, to honor his friend, Gabriele Grunewald, who was also battling cancer at the time, but passed away later that day.

The next day, he announced that the two fundraisers combined had raised over $2 million, all thanks to everyone who pitched in. He shared the news on Instagram:

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THANK YOU ALL—you blew this thing out of the water. Because of YOU, we have raised $1.49 million for @stjude and $512,000 for the @bravelikegabe Foundation. Over TWO MILLION DOLLARS raised for the fight against cancer! This campaign is proof that when we all work together for something bigger than ourselves, anything is possible. ⠀ ⠀ And to my friend @dudedadvlog, thank you for the original challenge and motivation to do something BIG. ⠀ ⠀ And of course, also to @lauren_daigle, @drewbarrymore, @arod, @jlo, @kevinlove, @spaceykacey, @jessiejamesdecker, and @floridageorgialine—thank YOU for spreading the word and helping crush our original $230,000 goal!! #ChipInChallenge⠀ ⠀ I’d do it all again for the brave kids @stjude—we will see you soon. And to my dear friend @gigrunewald, til we meet again. #notTodayCancer

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On June 19, the couple got to present the $1.49 million check to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. While visiting the Target House, a lodging facility in Memphis for St. Jude patients and their families, they played with the kids. Joanna also read her book, “We Are the Gardeners” during an adorable story time.

She posted about the day’s events on Instagram, writing, “Today we’re leaving @StJude feeling changed forever. The beautiful kids and families here carry such strength and hope, and we were honored to spend the day with them.”

The couple also presented an outdoor playhouse they designed for the grounds of the Target House while in attendance.

“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 said at the event, according to People. “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.”