Mel's Introduces "Pigment For A Cause"

Mel's Introduces "Pigment For A Cause"

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It would be difficult to argue against a locally made gift that also gives back.

Mel’s Charities, famous throughout Ozaukee County for Mel’s Pig Roast and its work with many local charities and projects, is now introducing Pigment for a Cause. Members and volunteers in the Mel’s Charities community are making pigment piglets for this year’s Christmas trees — or anything else you want to have ornamented — with all proceeds going back to the community.

“It’s brand new,” said Tom “Mel” Stanton, founder of Mel’s Charities.

The piglets are painted by volunteers, and the painted ornaments are then for sale, for $10 each. As is true of all Mel’s Charities endeavors, all net proceeds from the project are donated back to the community.

“Essentially, it’s people passionate about helping … making every piece,” Stanton said.

Since Mel’s Charities’ inception in 1999, more than $1 million has been donated to local charity organizations though the program.

Stanton said that Pigment for a Cause grew out of Ross’ (Rintelman’s) Crosses, a program in which several members of the Mel’s family make crosses, also for sale for $10, to raise money to support Mel’s Charities.

Those wishing to order either Pigment piglets or Ross’ Crosses can contact Mel’s Charities at Those wishing to learn more about the local organization and ways to support it can visit