Specialty Commerce Corp—and our brands Especially Yours, Paula Young, and Wig.com—make charitable contributions to nonprofits, faith-based groups, and medical organizations that do good, meaningful work to help people in our home community of Massachusetts and in communities across the United States:
American Cancer Society
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
Cancer Survivors in Christ
Face in the Mirror
Glendale Adventist Medical Center Cancer Services
Lake Health/University Hospitals
Making a Way Housing, Inc.
Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair & Skin Care Center
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
Miami Rescue Mission
Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
North Mississippi Medical Center
One Fund Boston
The Potter’s House at Atlanta Mission
Quincy Crisis Center
Susan G. Komen Massachusetts
Terre Haute Regional Hospital
The Wig Bank of Caldwell County
Union Hospital Hux Cancer Center
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Women—beautiful in their strength, resolve, and faith—are the core of our business. To give thanks for our success, we aim to give back to the women among us who are the most in need.
Over the years, Especially Yours has donated thousands of pieces of apparel to outreach organizations serving at-risk women and their children. Our contributions to organizations such as the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women and Children help cloth women in shelter settings and provide work outfits to indigent women in job-training programs.
We also aim to help cancer survivors regain their self-esteem and to feel beautiful once again. It’s our way of letting them know that our hearts and thoughts are with them, that they are not alone, and that they are truly amazing.
About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. No doubt, each of us has known a coworker, friend, or family member who has faced such a diagnosis. It is because of this shared experience and connection that we believe it is our responsibility—as a company and as individuals—to raise awareness and to help those in need.
Treatment for breast cancer can be a painful experience, and the hair loss associated with chemotherapy can compound an already stressful, emotional time. Over the past decade, Specialty Commerce Corp has donated more than 68,000 wigs, hairpieces, hats, and turbans to women’s cancer charities and service providers so that women with hair loss due to chemotherapy might reclaim a part of themselves and their everyday, pre-cancer lives.
In addition to our own significant monetary and in-kind contributions to these many worthy organizations, we also donate returned nonrefundable clearance and final sale merchandise on our customers’ behalf. In these cases, each customer receives notification of her donation, as well as a receipt to use for charitable-deduction purposes at tax time. Specialty Commerce Corp does not receive any tax credit, financial gain, or other benefit for such donations.