TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Alex Allen and Ron Hodge’s Rumi Gifting is a company specializing in thoughtfully and meaningfully curated gift boxes for individuals and corporations, with 5% of their income always going to community nonprofits.
March receipts will go to the Vigo County Education Foundation. Most recently, Rumi Gifting gifted the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
Rumi Gifting’s name has a special meaning for the co-owners because “Rumi” is “I’m Yours” written backwards (RUMI = IMUR), something they always tell one another.
“It means that we are here for one another. We love each other,” Allen said. “We care for one another and we always have each other to fall back on and so that’s really what Rumi Gifting is. We want to help people show that they care for somebody.”
Hodge said they were motivated by the growth of start-ups and small businesses in Terre Haute.
“Part of the motivation for getting this moving was to get involved with the movement we’ve seen in Terre Haute for start-ups and small businesses from downtown to 12 Points and all the excitement going on,” he said. “We wanted in on that excitement.”
He added, “This idea of making it possible in this move we see nationwide to online retailers, how can we connect that platform to local makers here and across the country? So that’s really the idea here, is making it possible to shop local while also using the tool of online shopping.”
But Allen emphasized that it’s the service’s personal touch that defines it.
“That’s really what Rumi Gifting is. We want to help people show that they care for somebody, you know, whether it’s something for celebrating, something that is more personal or it’s ‘just because,'” she said. “We want to help people show others that they’re there and that they care.”