I am so proud to represent a company who gives so much back to their community. Every year at Christmas, Stampin' Up donates the money to send a seriously ill "Make A Wish" child and family on their dream trip. They also participate in the Today Show Toy Drive, donating big boxes of craft supplies to kids and teens who will not get much under their trees. In the past they also donated more than a million dollars to the September 11th Disaster Relief Fund, and $575,000 to the Asian tsunami victims through Save the Children, plus countless demonstrator-driven fundraisers for everything from breast cancer research to Hurricane Katrina.
Back in October, Stampin' Up came out with a gorgeous Christmas tree ornament just for demonstrators, based on the incredibly popular Delightful Decorations set and matching ornament punch. They promised to donate $2 from the sale of each one to Operation Christmas Child, and today we learned that the total raised for this charity was almost $7,000. That's awesome!
One of my favorite charities that Stampin' Up is involved with is the Courage Reins equestrian therapy program for children with various challenges. SU is able to donate all the recycled rubber from unsold or outdated stamps to be used for playground materials, and this organization receives all the money from those sales. What a unique and creative way to give back!
These extra efforts are all in addition to the annual Ronald McDonald House stamp set (this year's is shown inside the back cover of the current Idea Book & Catalog), which together with their corporate donations has raised almost a million dollars, and the hundreds of private-event donation boxes that they send out every year upon request of individual demonstrators for their local charity events, such as my Humane Society fundraisers this fall or the spring Juvenile Diabetes Research "Crop for a Cure."
These are just a few of the reasons I am so glad I am part of Stampin' Up. They truly do put their money where their mouth is. Their mission statement and Statement of the Heart are not just feel-good public relations to keep up appearances. So not only am I able to bless locally with my cards and encouragement, and help missionaries in foreign countries with craft supplies for their ladies groups and children's ministries, but I am able to be a part of large-scale efforts to make the world a little better place. That's so cool.