One night a few years ago, Matt and I were discussing the situation in Haiti at the dinner table. The girls had been talking about the devastation at school, and they were very concerned for the children in that country who had lost so much. They expressed a desire to do something for Haiti, and our annual school bookmark sale was born.
We broke out the paper scraps and got to work a little at a time. What could be better than spending a rainy Saturday afternoon getting inky?
After we'd made what we thought would be an appropriate number of bookmarks, the girls wrote a proposal to our delightful principal requesting a date to sell our 50-cent creations. The 30 bookmarks we'd created our first year sold out in 15 minutes, so we tried for 50 this year.
As usual the students and staff rallied to support our little sale, and we raised another $25 for Haiti relief. Twenty dollars isn't much in the big scheme of things, but the time we spent together was priceless, and the feeling of turning our scraps into something more made all those rainy Saturday afternoons worth every moment.