KKFX TV: Thomas Fire & Non-Profit Donations
KKFX TV: Thomas Fire & Non-Profit Donations

KKFX TV: Thomas Fire & Non-Profit Donations


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It’s not just businesses catching up after the Thomas Fire, the disaster also affected non-profits

Santa Barbara, CA---In December, most non-profits including Sansum Diabetes Research Institute mail out annual appeal donation letters. This year, the Thomas Fire sparked as those letters were delivered. Many letters were delivered to families already evacuated, creating a unique situation for non-profits to reach their dedicated donors.

Non-profits rely on the end of the year donations to help run their organization. Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is able to offer low or no-cost diabetes research, education and care because of generous donations from the community.  Just as small businesses need to be supported by the community following the Thomas fire, so do local non-profits, including Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

SDRI is part of a global medical milestone right in our backyard. On May 31, 1922; after two years of research the first American patient was injected with U.S.-made insulin by our founder, Dr. William Sansum, right here in Santa Barbara. Supporting SDRI has a global effect on diabetes research that could one day lead to a cure.         

In our annual appeal letter this year we highlighted 8 year old Caleb who has type 1 diabetes. Caleb has to inject himself in the stomach with insulin up to 8 times a day. He became part of the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute when he participated in a study at our organization. Now he hopes for a cure for diabetes. He wants to be a superhero called “diabetes boy” who flys around giving insulin to sick children.

Video of Caleb

Donating to SDRI helps children like Caleb and helps find a cure to diabetes. It’s a local non-profit with a global impact on diabetes. We have a new way to donate: you can text the word “diabetes” to the number #41444. You will get a text back with a link to fill out your credit card information. You have to fill out your credit card information to complete the donation.  Supporters can also donate online, by phone at 682-7638 or mail in their donation to 2219 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.   
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When you choose to make a donation to Sansum Diabetes, your support will help sustain our research as we continue the quest for the cure.

  • Every 19 seconds another American is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Almost 30 million children and adults in the US have diabetes.
  • 1 in 4 over the age of 65 have diabetes.

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