I have a challenge for you all, if you're willing to accept it! There are so many great causes out there and so many organizations in the world that need our help (I hope you've donated to the typhoon victims or are planning to shortly!). But funds are a bit scarce these days for many of us, and during this time of year, our budgets are tighter than ever. The need never goes away, however--so how can we help?
Enter the Craft Stash!
You know, the one that has this warning label on it: Supplies Accumlated Beyond Life Expectancy (S.A.B.L.E.) I have one, and I'd be willing to be you probably do, too! Let's put that guilt-inducing stash to work for a good cause, shall we?
So here's the challenge! I'll post periodic reminders, and list the names of the participants in a follow-up post after Christmas. That's it--no prizes--just the joy of creativity and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference for your chosen organization.
Ready to play? Choose one of these options:
- choose a charity that is near and dear to your heart and can use cards;
- or be a part of my own personal 100 Cards By Christmas Challenge, which will benefit the Watertown Humane Society. I'm hoping for lots of cute kitty and doggie cards : )
Then post a comment below accepting the challenge and:
- tell us your charity organization choice or commit to join mine by mailing your donated cards to me (email me for address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- post a link to your charity if you would like to spread the word about your cause
- you can do it alone as a personal challenge or go in together with a friend or group if you're concerned about getting 100 cards created/collected by yourself.
- start by looking through your own stash--you probably have a few made up that would be suitable for the purpose already!
- demonstrators can turn appropriate sample swap cards into full cards
- be sure to provide envelopes, too--otherwise your donation will be offset by an expense to the charity
- not sure what kinds of cards would be best? Will they be used in the office, or sold as a fundraiser? Contact your charity and ask!
Like I said, my personal goal is to collect 100 cards for the local Humane Society to use to thank donors and adoptive pet parents, between now and Christmas. I'm excited about this fun way to do some good in my community, and reduce my S.A.B.L.E. at the same time-- and I hope you are, too! Have you thought of an organization who needs your help? Leave a comment below, and let's get started!