Crafters For a Cause

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:

Crafters For a Cause

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:

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
– Doodlebug
– Hero Arts
– Neat & Tangled
– Avery Elle
– Altenew
– Ranger
– 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!

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78 thoughts on “Crafters For a Cause”

  1. So sad for me that the $100 and $50 boxes are already sold out. But what an amazing fundraiser that you and Heidi and your friends were able to pull together so quickly. Hopefully I will get one of the next round of boxes!

  2. This is amazing, Jennifer! Thank you and all the companies involved for their efforts! I will definitely be buying a box to support this cause. Bless you all!

  3. You are all awesome and what a difference it will make for our neighbors who need help.
    The donations must be flying in because the $100 and $50 boxes are already gone.
    Well done!!!

  4. I live 8 miles from the 2nd Florida landfall of Irma, southern Collier County. (The first was the Florida Keys ) Thanks for helping out.

  5. As mentioned above, the 50 and 100 dollar boxes are already sold out, but I managed to buy a 25 dollar box! It’s a great cause, I live in Europe, great to be able to help other crafters this way. I can not imagine how I would feel if I would loose my house and my craft supplies, but I of course would feel grateful when my family would be safe, they come first (but it still would hurt)!

  6. I’ll be getting one of your boxes so they better be good. (There’s no doubt in my mind they will). This is a nice reward for sharing kindness. Thanks to all who made this happen, it’s a great idea.

  7. Thank you for doing this from someone in Florida who went through Hurricane Irma. Luckily for my area, the storm moved to the east just as it was passing us. We escaped with minimal damage, and are still trying to get back to normal. There are still areas in Florida that many do not know about that are still without power and water. These areas are located in some of the poorest farm land areas where most of the people are farm workers and depend on the local produce to make a living. As a Floridian, I have donated food to the out of town line workers and EMS who have helped us. I only wish I could donate to this cause also. Thank you again for your help to my state and many others.

    1. Me too! Truly bought my home and job were gone. I immediately went to the site to help out and everything was sold out.

  8. Yes, the $25 boxes are gone, I must have missed them by seconds. I did snag a $10 (and a GinaK set that was on my wish list!) 😉

  9. So sad, I was looking for a $100.00 box. Sold out. $50 as well as $25 . Such a wonderful cause. Thank you Jennifer, Heidi and generous companies for your donations.

  10. What a wonderful idea – I’m sad I’m too late to the party – everything is gone! such a generous community, and speedy quick!! Have my name on the waiting list.

  11. This is awesome…bringing tears to my eyes…Jennifer, you and the crafting world are the best group of people! Kindness is in y’alls blood! I cannot imagine the devastation and wish I could do more to help. Thanks for being involved. I can’t wait to see how this turns out! God bless every one of you!

  12. Dear Jennifer, thank you and all your friends for united the craft world for this great cause. I hope that whe all raise so much money that whe can help them all.

  13. ALL of the boxes are sold out and it was in less than 1 hour! Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project. BUT DON’T GIVE UP – HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS! I did call Simon Says Stamp and they are in the process of making additional boxes filled with more wonderful products! There is a place just under the “Sold Out” field that you can click on to be notified when more boxes are available. I can’t wait!!! At my husband’s suggestion, I am having a party with some of my crafty friends and we will open the $100.00 box together and have a fun time using the products in the box for our creations!

  14. Thank you Jennifer (& Heidi and …..) for this wonderful idea. I was a bit too slow and boxes were all sold out so I donated directly to the link you left above. This is such a wonderful and thoughtful endeavor. ~HUGS~

  15. You guys are so awesome!!! Wow! These boxes sold out quickly! I ended up ordering three $10 ones because everything else was sold out. Figure I can give any duplicate product I receive to my crafty friends 🙂 Thank you for all of the energy you put into this!!

  16. This is such an awesome idea! Thank you for working on this with Simon Says Stamp and others who have helped out. I’m glad I was able to join in for the first round, and hopefully I’ll be able to donate a bit more later, as well 🙂

  17. This is great! And what is even more great is ALL the boxes are now sold out on Simon Says Stamp (as of 11:39am California Pacific time). This crafting community is so awesome! Great job!!! Maybe a few more will be replenished soon 🙂

    1. I’m sorry but I mis-typed (XD): the $10 donation boxes are still in stock but the other denominations are sold out 😉

  18. Wow – $50 and $100 boxes sold out in less than 2 hours! Hope the designers make more cards to donate so these become available again – wonderful effort! I live near where Harvey made landfall and things like this to raise funds are SO appreciated!

  19. How brilliant! All sold out in no time and here we are ready to sell you out again. Wish I had gotten to my email sooner.

  20. Thanks to all who worked so hard to put this together! I am on list to be notified when the $50 and $100 boxes are re-stocked. I will also be encouraging my non-crafting friends to donate along with me to the Go Fund Me page! Crafty people have the biggest hearts!! #share kindness.

  21. I think it’s one of the best drives I’ve had the pleasure of donating to.Id like to thank each and everyone who made it so simple(cause I know it wasn’t) to purchase & donate.Blessings to each and everyone, especially those who will receive this much needed help.😘😙😚

  22. Wow! All boxes sold out already!! Sad for me, but what a great fundraiser. Thank you to Heidi and everyone involved for putting a tangible way of giving together! ! On to the go-fund me page.

  23. What a wonderful way to fundraise for such a worthy cause. Sadly missed out on the $50 boxes but managed to bag two of the $10 instead. Big thanks to all involved. You’re all stars with big hearts 🙂

  24. Will you be able to put together additional $100 and $50 boxes. My two young daughters want to donate $50 box from their savings, and I would like to donate the $100 box.

  25. Jennifer, Thank You so much for putting something together that allows us as a community to reach out to all involved in this horrible tragedy. I. Love that 100% are going to the people struggling. I so appreciate all our crafting community pulling together. Lots of love to all who have made this possible.

  26. THis is a great idea and I tried to donate but all was gone. I had already donated but I thought this would be good to help them and I would get a surprise..

  27. Thank you for doing this and informing us about it. All of them are coming up out of stock, but I signed up to be notified when they are in stock. Don’t know if this is a glitch or if they really are going that fast. Wonderful project done by and for some fabulous people. Thanks again!

  28. Man that was fast! On the upside it is great to see how many crafters were so eager to participate, but a little disappointed that everything is already sold out. I made donations directly to other charities but I had hoped to join in on this one too.

  29. Awesome effort, again thank you all for coming together to help some many, many people in need and impacted by these natural catastrophes. God bless and proud to be part of the crafting community.

  30. Oh and one last thing, strongly agree with Jennifer no cards or mail bcz those services are not yet available and in PR it will take a little longer. Good bless you all

  31. How wonderful the boxes sold out so quickly but praying for more donated products so more boxes can be assembled, and more of us can assist in this very worthy cause.

  32. Love the crafting community! 🙂 Was asleep when the cause went live so I’ve signed up to be notified when the next batch of $50 boxes is available. Bless you, for all you, and everyone else in our community, has done….and continues to do. 🙂

  33. Thank you for helping us help those in need. I’m from south Florida. We were not badly damaged by the storm, but did live without power for several days. And you need a/c down here. So I know that in Purto Rico they are suffering badly.

  34. I am abroad and don’t have 24 hr access to the internet. By the time I realised they had been released they were already sold out! Hopefully I’ll find out about the next round in time to buy some! Super happy and proud they sold out so quickly! Great job to all those who donated time, products, and to all those who bought! What a wonderful community!

  35. So grateful that you all did this. I was at work all day and they were all sold out when I saw the post. Living in Florida, I know that there are still tons of people dealing with the effects of Irma, so thank you so much for doing this. I will be watching for the 2nd round!!

  36. Thank you for using your kind heart and your influence to make this happen. All the boxes are sold out. I’m a mildly disappointed but enormously impressed at the outpouring of support!

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