So. It’s been a rough few months for me.
And I’ve found the best thing to get through a rough patch in life (aside from wine) is to stay busy.
The main way I have wanted to stay busy, as always, is through creating and crocheting.
And so “Crafts for Cause” was born, the little brainchild of a sad time.
My friends and I are always looking for a way to give back to our little community. So we started asking around as to who can benefit from handmade items. Originally, we wanted to start donating items as Christmas gifts for people in adult foster homes but it morphed into making items for use in our local shelters, Safe Haven and the Diane Peppler Resource Center. Hats, gloves and scarves oh my!
It’s amazing how fast “Crafts for Cause” caught on once the group profile on Facebook was set up. In only a months time, we were able to get together a substantial donation. Right now we plan on doing one massive donation once a year, the second week of December, but who knows what the future will hold. Our goal for next year is to bring in even more donators and also to donate to more places. Bruce Beaudoin, who works with Safe Haven, has all sorts of ideas. It’s great to work with some one so passionate about helping people in the local community, and he is dedicated to getting our items to the appropriate people. Not only do we have the option to donate handmade items, we also have the ability to sell our items and buy blankets and pillows, which the local shelters are in desperate need of. My friend Melissa and I had so much fun looking through all the donated handmade items. It’s remarkable the talent that people have, and the time they are willing to donate to our cause.
I don’t think people realize how fast life can throw curve balls at you. One minute, you are riding along smoothly through life, and the next you’re stuck in some ditch with no one to drag you out. We’ve all been there, in some way, emotionally, physically, spiritually or financially. “Crafts for Cause” is just one very small way to help people who are in a rut, it may not bring people out of it, but at least our items will keep them warm in the process.
These pictures are from our very first donation day, which was on Wednesday, December the 18th, 2013. If you live in the Sault Ste. Marie area and are interested in making a craft donation to “Crafts for Cause” please join our Facebook group for any updates and information.
Thank for your interest in our group. Our community has been very generous in donating their time and efforts. Without them, this would not be possible.