As many of you know, I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to try to pull the crafting community together to help those affected by the hurricanes. Well I happy to say that the first round of fundraising starts today!
Unfortunately, due to family stuff, I don’t have the time today to go into the story of how this has all come about… or why it is so important to me… or what plans we have. But I promise to share as soon as I can. In the meantime, I didn’t want you to miss out on this first round of fundraising.
Heidi – the owner of Simon Says Stamps – is a dear friend of mine and very much the most generous person I have ever known. She has made it possible to raise LOTS of money! I am glad to have helped a bit with this – it is amazing. Here are the details from the Simon Says Stamp Blog:
Many people in our world have been affected by the recent Hurricanes. First Harvey, then Irma, and most recently Maria have caused massive devastation to countless communities in Texas, Florida, the Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Crafters within our community are coming together to make a difference by helping those in need. Many brands have donated product and designers have made cards of gratitude. Many Simon Says Stamp friends, teammates and family members have joined together to assemble those products into boxes; which we are giving away to those of you who are able to make a donation through our website.
If you are interested in purchasing a box of goods, know that 100% of the cost of the box will be sent to help those in dire need of Hurricane Relief.
$10 donations receive a box of craft supplies
$25 donations receive a box of craft supplies
$50 donations receive a box of craft supplies that also includes a hand-stamped card from a signature designer.
$100 donations receive a box of craft supplies that also includes a hand-stamped card from a signature designer.
We have packaged the products so that each box has a retail value of approximately double that of your donation amount.
To donate directly without receiving a merchandise box visit our Crafters For a Cause GoFundMe Page.
Make a donation through this purchase and 100% will be donated to Hurricane Relief. You will receive a box of craft supplies donated by our generous vendors to support this campaign. The retail value of this box is approximately double its purchase price and includes random, yet new, supplies. There will not be duplicates inside your box, yet if you purchase 2 boxes there is a small chance that some product will be duplicated.
It is our intent to raise money for the people devastated by these disastrous Hurricanes and to distribute what we collect to individuals or institutions who can have the maximum impact on recovery. We will be donating directly to families in need or to organizations with minimum overhead costs.
Please understand that we want to maximize the benefit of all donations, as well as to demonstrate both kindness and compassion which we all believe makes the world a much better place. We want the long term legacy of this tragedy to be about the recovery – not the damage.
So let’s come together to help those in need. It is our intention to inspire many others to give. 100% of the Funds raised through the “Crafters for a Cause Hurricane Relief” program will be donated to those impacted by these Hurricanes.
There are also many reputable organizations through whom you can donate. (Information kindly provided by Jennifer McGuire.) Here are some trustworthy places where 100% gets to the people in the islands who need it BADLY.
** Richard Branson’s effort – he is covering overhead costs:
** Kenny Chesney’s effort – he is covering overhead costs:
** This also lists some good ones: https://bvirelief.com/donate-money/
Some of the brands who have donated product for the donation boxes include but are not limited to:
– Lawn Fawn
– Stampers Anonymous
– Gina K Designs
– Mama Elephant
– Concord & 9th
– Hero Arts
– Neat & Tangled
– Avery Elle
– Waffle Flower
I am sure that these boxes will sell out quickly! However, there are plans to make more. I personally went up (with my dear friend Heather Ruwe and Kelly Latevola) and helped put boxes together. I was in charge of the $50 boxes… and highly recommend them. 🙂 Good stuff inside!
Many people have asked if there will be a card drive. It doesn’t seem the right time to send cards just yet… these folks have their hands full and have such essential needs. But maybe after a bit of time.
I promise I will be back with more info when I can. Off to a million school events… and my sweet in-laws are in town. 🙂
NO affiliate links were used in this post. Simon Says Stamp is donating so much to make this happen – their time, energy, man power, etc! Thank you!