Sunday, May 29, 2011

Crafting for a Cause

     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.

6 comments:

  1. Jess, what a great idea! You have some pretty special girls! :-). What an awesome way to use your crafting abilities to help others! We could all take a lessons from Olivia and Sophia!

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  2. Awesome idea! Way to teach your girls that they can do something to help!

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  3. Good grief. Did I just start crying after I read this? Yes I did, and I'm not even hormonal. I am just so PROUD to have nieces like them and a sister like you. I work with a lot of kids, and these two have hearts of gold that are above and beyond. That $25.00 is tons in the scheme of things because right now Haiti is forgotten in the midst of all the other tragedies. And Sophia and Olivia will never forget this annual bookmark sale. And I LOVE my bookmarks, so keep the sales coming. Maybe when we paper craft this summer, we can bulk up your stash with some leftovers. And how fun would it be to have a class where people make 2 bookmarks and donate one to the cause? Oooo, sorry I blew up. This is so not my shin dig. I just got excited!!!! You have an amazing family.

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  4. Gia, you're just the best. Those are great ideas!!

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  6. So cool 25 dollars is alot for just selling bookmarks!! if we coukd do things like host some partys and make bookmarks just like Gia siad we could make a ton of bookmarks and you could sell them with your girls!! if other schools will let you you could sell some at other schools to! Go outside of a store and sell them!! so many things you could do!!!!!

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