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SJ Creations Supports the IRT’s Efforts in Haiti

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake disrupted the lives of millions of Haitians. While the physical aftershocks have long since subsided, the people of Haiti are still recovering from this devastating event. Almost a year and a half later, thousands of people are still homeless.

International Relief Teams, “a non-profit, international relief organization dedicated to…(assisting) the victims of disaster and profound poverty worldwide,” provided short-term emergency relief immediately following the earthquake. Now, the IRT hopes to help the residents of a Haitian village start their lives over by offering permanent housing.

Photo courtesy of the International Relief Teams.

For only $2,500, a 192 -square-foot home is pre-manufactured by Harbor Homes LLC in the United States and sent to Haiti for completion. IRT shipped their first set of 50 homes this month and hopes to reach their goal of providing 150 houses.

According to the IRT, “These PermaShelters are designed with structural components that make them impervious to rot and termite damage, and are highly resistant to hurricane force winds and seismic activity.”

The founders of SJ Creations have been active with the IRT for more than 20 years and we fully support their relief efforts. We hope you do as well.

To make a donation to this lifesaving cause, please visit IRT’s donation page. Every little bit helps give a homeless Haitian family a permanent and safe home. Thanks!



SJ Creations is Going Organic with Pure Organics and Giving Back for Earth Day … and Every Day

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd will be observed by celebrations SJ_Creations_Earth_Daycelebrations_with_Pure_Organicsand community service involving millions of people all over the world. SJ Creations does its part every day by producing the Pure Organics Face and Body product lines without harmful ingredients, using 100% recycled, recyclable packaging, and by donating time, money and products to several worthy non-profit organizations.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was inspired by a disastrous oil spill off the Santa Barbara, CA coast. After witnessing the environmental devastation firsthand, then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin), proposed the first nationwide environmental protest. Attended by 20 million people, the coast-to-coast rallies increased environmental awareness and made “ecology” a household word.

In the years that followed, a number of landmark environmental laws were passed by the U.S. Congress, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Forty years later, our planet is still facing vital issues such as climate change and overuse of toxic chemicals. Not only is it important for our governments to focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs, but also for each of us to do our part individually by making everyday choices that support sustainability—such as using organic products, taking public transportation and recycling. You can register your eco-commitments and see what others are doing on the Billion Acts of Green website.

SJ_Creations_Pure_Organics_Earth_day_all_year_longAt SJ Creations, we think the best way to celebrate Earth Day is all year long! Making just one or two small changes in your daily routine can result in a big impact over time. A simple and easy-on-your-budget way to start is by using the SJ Pure Organics products with certified organic ingredients and 100% recycled and recyclable packaging and product containers.

Another great way for you and your family to get involved in Earth Day 2010 is to attend a local Earth Day event or participate in the Global Days of Service this weekend, April 17-18 — featuring local eco-service projects that will take place around the world. Or, simply choose any cause that has meaning for you, call your local chapter and find out how you can help! It doesn’t even have to be environmentally related, as long as you make a difference.

SJ Creations supports a range of charities dear to our hearts on an ongoing basis.

SJ Creations Charity Involvement around the world

Pure_Organics_Pink_Grapefruit_by_SJ_Creations_WithLogoFirst and foremost, you may already know about our special Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit products, which were developed to support the fight against breast cancer with a portion of the proceeds going to related charities each year. SJ Creations founder Rich Yousko has a personal connection with this disease, having watched his mother fight and survive it twice. You can read more of this story in our previous blog post about our connection to going PINK and supporting the fight against breast cancer.

In addition, SJ Creations supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, where Rich has been an active member of the Board of Directors for four years. He also serves on the University of San Diego’s Alumni Association Board in support of the school’s Scholarship Program.

Heart for Africa logoTwo international charities have benefited from SJ Creations’ generosity, as well. Owners Rich and Sundi Yousko have contributed to a non-profit called Serving Hands International that runs orphanages in Mexico—for which they supplied backpacks and monetary donations—and Swaziland, through the Heart for Africa program—giving financial donations.

SJ Creations support the International Relief TeamsAnd after the devastating 8.0 Sichuan, China earthquake in May 2008, the Youskos donated 17,000 bottles of their company’s Antibacterial Hand Gel sanitizers through International Relief Teams. Over 70,000 people were killed in that quake, which left anywhere from five to 11 million people homeless. On a persona note, SJ Creations’ Chinese factory is nearby, and Ming, one of its workers, has a home in Sichuan.

For SJ Creations, Earth Day 2010 is the perfect reminder for all of us to keep giving back, whether it’s by donating, volunteering or going organic—all year round!

SJ Creations April PINK Grapefruit Pure Organics Giveaway pakcageDon’t forget to enter to win our current April Giveaway! SJC is giving away in honor of Earth Day and Mother’s Day, a complete set of Pure Organic PINK Grapefruit skincare products, worth $70! Included in this Pink organic giveaway package, (and shown on the left) are the Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Hand Crème, Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion, Pure Organics Pink Grapefruit Body Mist and a pink Mesh Shower Puff. Enter to win for free and stay tuned for our giveaway each month!

SJ_Creations_gifts_for_mothers_dayIn addition to our current giveaway, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING for Mother’s Day, with every purchase of $25 or more, by simply entering in the coupon code MOM-SHIP at checkout for your FREE Ground Shipping!

Shop now at to see a range of items that will treat your mom or someone you love, or for a treat for yourself, with some much needed pampering with SJ Creations products!