It’s no secret that the MurderHers loooovveee horror. Books, television, movies, art – you name it we love it. But something else we dig? Helping others. Especially those who face real life horrors every day. Recently we stumbled across an organization called Scares That Care – founded and funded by Horror Fans.
Gores Truly sat down with founder Joe Ripple to find out more about this organization and ways that horror fans can get behind the cause to help out some children and families in need. So far, the organization has raised over $20,000 for charities like John Hopkin’s Childrens Hospital and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute; current efforts are focused on Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Check out the interview below to learn more – and head over to Scares That Care’s Website and Facebook to donate. Sign up for their Friday the 13th fundraising drive and pick up some cool swag to show your support while you’re at it too!
GT: Tell us a little about how Scares That Care came to be?
JR: My long-time friend and filmmaking partner Don Dohler was stricken with lung and brain cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, he was the primary caregiver for his sister Joy, who although in her fifties, had the mentality of an 8 year old. When Don passed, I wanted to do something for the family to help out not only them, but also Joy. I held a fundraiser, where I did a small silent auction and showed a few of Don’s films. Doing this I was able to raise a pretty good sum of money, which was given entirely to the family. After this event, I recognized that this was something that horror fans could get behind. Thus, “Scares That Care!” was born.
Once I had the idea, I knew what I wanted the logo to be like. It needed to be strong, and representative of the horror genre. The black cross in our logo represents the entire horror community, and the “monster” hand reaching down to the child’s hand represents our commitment to sick children.
GT: What are some of the charities and causes that have been benefited by Scares That Care so Far?
JR: Besides Don’s family, We have raised and donated $10,000 to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Oncology Center, and $10,000 for the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. This year, we are collecting for the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation, that grants wishes to terminally ill children. We are also making a “pit-stop,” because we have been informed of a family that has two terminally ill children. They have lost their house, their health insurance, and are facing huge struggles daily. We are going to pay them a surprise visit, and help them out a bit financially. Every little bit helps.
GT: Scares That Care seems to be a fantastic way for the everyday horror fan to help fight some real life horrors. What are some ways the horror community can become more involved with and better support the causes?
JR: We have items that are available for donations, and I feel that this is important. If I walk up to you, and I say “Can you donate to this charity,” you may or may not do it. But, if I walk up to you and I say, “Here…I have these coffee tumblers that I can give you if you donate to this charity,” now, you are actually getting something for your money. Some people just donate outright, others don’t. We do what we can. We’re also leaning heavily towards planning future events, like a dinner and dance, a Zombie Golf Tournament, and a “Friday the 13th” (of May) $5.00 donation drive on facebook. We are trying to be as creative as we can. This is the most important thing that I stress…we donate back everything that we take in. No money is ever kept. We also accept props, autographs, and other items that we can auction off to raise money.
We are always looking for volunteers. We don’t have anybody on a payroll. I’m absolutely adamant that if a horror fan is going to put five bucks in my hand, a sick child somewhere is going to get that five bucks. To volunteer, you have to be completely selfless. We have about eight people now who are active volunteers.
GT: Anything else you’d like to share?
JR: I want “Scares That Care!“ to be synonymous with Integrity, Honor and Commitment, BY horror fans, FOR horror fans. I want to unite everyone who likes spooky stuff, and give them a battle flag to donate under. By doing this, we will be able to help hundreds – if not thousands of kids. You have two choices in life…talk about doing something, or get up and actually do it. That’s what I want, because these sick kids and their families deserve it.
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