Nearly 26 Million Americans on Your Holiday Shopping List?

October 3, 2011

This holiday season, make your money go further and support a great cause: stopping diabetes.  How? By shopping in this year’s American Diabetes Association’s Gift of Hope catalog. Every penny of profit from the Association’s Gift of Hope catalog goes directly to diabetes research.

Gift of Hope offers items for everyone on your list:

• Holiday cards, many  of which were created by or dedicated to a person with diabetes

• Personalized photo gifts, including holiday greeting cards, travel mugs, phone skins and more

• House wares and seasonal gift items, such as plates, ornaments and hand towels

• Gift bundles feature cookbooks and kitchen gadgets together at a discounted price

The Gift of Hope program was started in 1971, when several Minneapolis-area parents of children with diabetes wanted to do something to fight the disease. They started selling holiday greeting cards to raise money for diabetes research. Since then, the program has raised more than $24 million for diabetes research, averaging 50,000 customers a year.

Catalog purchases are a Gift of Hope to the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who have diabetes, including Melissa Partridge, from Montana.

As a mother of four young children, 28-year-old Partridge was worried about her future with type 1 diabetes. “I’ve never met anyone who has survived 50 years with diabetes,” she said.  Living with diabetes for more than 23 years, Partridge came to the conclusion, “I’m already halfway through my life.”

Partridge searched for online information and support in order to be there for her family.  “I don’t want to die when my grandbabies are being born.”  She found that research proves you can live a long life with diabetes and prevent or delay many of its complications through a healthy lifestyle. 

Thanks to her discovery, Partridge has the confidence to manage her diabetes for many years to come.  “Knowledge is power. Now that I know what can happen to me, there are things I can do to prevent that from happening.”

Support the Association’s diabetes research efforts and help people like Partridge. Shop the Gift of Hope online catalog at

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)