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Congratulations Erin Strother
! You have won a dragonfly button from Tari Sasser
. Please send Tari an e-mail
with your information.
I started designing jewelry in 2005 as a creative release.
And I quickly amassed quite a collection.
What to do with all these baubles?
Perhaps you can relate.
At the same time, I was also asked to donate to a lot of local organizations for their silent auctions and fundraising efforts. One day the light bulb went on and I realized that I had a treasure trove of items that would net them more profit for sale than if I were to give them a straight donation. That was when I decide that I needed business cards and a web presence (because no one would likely buy jewelry that was made by someone unknown named Erin Prais-Hintz ;-).
Ever since that time, I have informally pledged to donate items to various causes, mostly local, that were near and dear to my heart. I try to do this monthly.
Sometimes I have to approach the causes, and sometimes the cause present itself. Such is the case with the recent tragedy in the Philippines.
My friend Andrew Thornton
has relatives who live there and were displaced by this monumental storm. That puts a whole new face on the tragedy when it affects someone that you know. So he asked some of his artist friends to help raise money
to get it to where it is needed most. I enthusiastically said yes.
|One of my favorite necklaces I have created with the message
‘we are but one tiny pebble, our circle widening’ – brought in $65 for good!
You see, I have a lot of blessings in my life. Can you relate? I am sitting here in my house, cozy and warm, typing away on my laptop, enjoying a snack and watching one of my favorite movies – Groundhog Day – on television. My husband is sleeping peacefully next to me, and my kids are plotting what gadgets and gizmos they want for Christmas in their dreams. It is hard to fathom losing everything that you have worked for in one swift moment. It is hard to imagine sitting on a pile of rubble that was once a home trying to pick up the pieces – literally. It is hard to think of not having clean water, a weather-proof shelter, food to eat, a bathroom. I can’t even begin to know how that must feel.
But someone is having to deal with that reality right this moment.
Almost a month has passed since the typhoon swept whole villages to the sea a half a world away. It is easy to forget that there are people suffering still, since it is not on the news the way it was when the sting was fresh. But these people on the other side of the world will be dealing with this for months, and years, to come.
In the face of such immense odds, it is easy to get overwhelmed and think that we couldn’t possibly make a difference, that our meager contributions couldn’t possibly help.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
~ Mother Teresa
So, what can I do to help? How do you go about being the One Drop?
Along with a great many talented people, I joined Andrew in sharing items for an auction on my blog as well as a raffle that he is hosting. The bidding has ended and the current high bidders will be contacted by me so that I can send the packages on their way, gift wrapped and ready to wow.
|This was the biggest draw in the auction, netting $105!
I offered four items for auction and I am pleased to say that $275 is what was pledged by the high bidders. I will be adding that to an additional donation from me as well as another donation from a limited edition sale of my new Pop-a-Dot Jewelry line for fundraising
. (As an aside, I started a new fundraising arm of my company in May 2013 exclusively as a way to give back and I am proud to say that as of November I have donated over $2000 to local and national charities through the sale of the Pop-a-Dot Jewelry).
Knowing that just $13 can buy a basket of food for a survivor, I feel pretty blessed – and humbled – that my donation will be helping those most in need. Even if I can’t help the millions who have a new reality from this typhoon, I am glad that this donation will make a difference that is tangible and real to someone I will never meet.
If you feel so inspired, please consider making a donation to CARE.org
as a way to honor the true spirit of the holiday and Christmas season.
My question to you is this…
Do you share your talents and creations for charitable organizations?
Do you do this regularly or for specific charities?
Tell us what causes are near and dear to your heart and you could win
a set of my recent November Simple Truths big hole beads with the message