Bridgewater Candle Company takes Brand Experience trip to Honduras
Bridgewater Candle Company celebrated providing over 7 million meals with its 7th Annual Brand Experience trip to visit an orphanage in Honduras supported by the company’s Light a Candle • Feed a ChildTM program. Designed to give participants an up close and personal view of the impact this program is having on the lives of orphaned children, the company took employees, sales representatives, retailers, and editors to Honduras last month. The group returned forever changed by the journey.
Bridgewater Candle Company awarded the opportunity to go on the all-expense paid brand experience to one of its dealers out of thousands. Through a nomination process, Blue Flamingo of Stephenville, TX was selected. Blue Flamingo is an eclectic boutique carrying contemporary apparel, accessories, and décor owned by Shannon Cagle.
Shannon Cagle joined other trip goers such as editor, Brooke Brown of Home Accents Today in Spartanburg, SC on November 9th, 2017 to meet the Bridgewater Candle Company family and tour the manufacturing facility. On November 10th, 2017, Bridgewater Candle Company President, Bob Caldwell, Jr., led the team to Honduras where the group spent time at the orphanage getting to know the kids and delivered 14 du e bags of needed supplies such as Tylenol, Advil, and undergarments. The group returned on November 13th, 2017.
In addition to playing, picnicking, and taking the kids to church, the group enjoyed several activities away from the orphanage. Touring Tegu Toys was one of the o site opportunities. Tegu is based in Honduras and sells purposely made magnetic toy blocks. The company was founded by brothers, Chris and Will Haughey with the intent of fostering a positive social impact through business. The group also toured a local co ee plantation as well as Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International.
“There are not enough words to express how amazing the trip to Honduras was for our group,” said Shannon Redish, brand development and strategy manager of Grace Management Group. “Everything comes full circle when you can see the smiles and hear the laughter of the little lives that are being impacted by the products that we make.”
“The Light a Candle • Feed a ChildTM program is one way that Bridgewater creates a company culture that makes every employee feel as though they are making a true di erence,” said Brooke Brown, editor of Home Accents Today. “Honduras is a beautiful country but not without its own infrastructural issues, health, and hunger crises. It helps knowing that there is a place some children will be blessed to go for basic needs, medical attention, an education, and love. The brand experience con rmed that this is a company that can be trusted to give transparently and generously, and I’m so glad I was able to attend this year.”
Established in 1998 in Spartanburg, S.C., Bridgewater Candle Company quickly became a leader in the candle market with a proven reputation for clean burning candles and full fragranced products. Whether fresh and clean or warm and cozy, Bridgewater’s fragrances are created to capture special moments in time.
Bridgewater is committed to sharing its warmth with the world through its Light a Candle • Feed a ChildTM program. Bridgewater donates a portion of each jar candle sold to Rice BowlsTM, a non- pro t whose mission is to feed orphaned children worldwide. Each candle purchased provides three meals to a hungry child. Through this amazing program and thanks to its retail partners, Bridgewater has provided over 7 million meals since the program launched in June 2010.
Through the Light a Candle • Feed a ChildTM program, Bridgewater hopes to raise awareness for the global orphan crisis as well as help to ght hunger of orphaned children around the world.
As the orphan population grows into the hundred millions and more children die from malnutrition every day, the owners of Bridgewater Candle Company wanted to nd a way to educate people about the crisis.
Started in 1980, Rice Bowls is a 501c 3 non-pro t organization based in Spartanburg, S.C. Rice Bowls works to ll plastic bowl coin banks with change. The change is used to provide food for orphanage partners in eight di erent countries around the world.