Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Update on charities

I called 4 places on my list - Logifem, Passages and Auberge Transition (Old Brewery did not call me back yet) and I have started knitting for Auberge.  I have decided to allocate 2 months to each charity, hopefully having enough mittens, scarves and slippers to help out with each.  It take me 1 day to make 1 mitten.  I know I could make a full pair if I devoted more time to it, but lets face it, I'm a stay-at-home mom who's husband works on average 3 jobs at a time (minimum).  So... yeah.  I am enjoying knitting for a good cause, though.  And Supernatural is helping me out quite a bit!  Next, I will watch Buffy, the Xena, then some others I can't think of right now.  It'll be good, though.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Charitable organizations

As many already know, I've been involved with Love Drop since January (I know, forever, right!?)  I'm still planning on sending some knits over when I can, but it's actually really expensive (to the tune of 25-30$) just to send something over to the states, where they are based.  They have, however, given me the encouragement I need to look into some charities closer to home to give to.  After extensive research, I have called 6 organizations, and am looking forward to making donations to them :)

Without further ado, here are my picks:

- St-Willibrord's church (I'm expecting a call back from them, but I'm hoping to participate in their arts and crafts bazaar in the fall, with donations and raffles and fun times!)

- Old Brewery mission  (homeless shelters)

- Auberge Transition  (a women and children center)

- Logifem (for women in difficulty)

- Passages (for girls who are runaways, prostitutes, or considered at-risk for becoming prostitutes)

- Dans la Rue (for homeless kids and young adults (ages 15-25)

I'm not sure exactly how often I will donate to each charity, or if I can even MAKE donations to each one, and keep up with knitting something for Love Drop every now and again, and knitting the blanket I was commissioned to do (I'm a 1/3 of the way done, btw)

Oh, and if anyone thinks - like me - that these are worthwhile charities, you can always look them up and see if your community has anything similar, and by all means, go for it!  I'm off to get patterns, and choose wool.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February love drop, and intro to March!

Last month the Love Drop Team raised over $13,000 (and 3 iPads!) to help two little boys with autism receive a service dog. They were beyond touched, and we did this in only 1 month - that's it. Everyone came together and gave a few bucks each to impact one family's life. If you were a part of it, THANK YOU!  You can check out the final video of us showing up to their house here - it's pretty cool.
This month we start all over again and rally behind Katie, a single mom out in Dallas battling not only two brain tumors so far (she's knocked out one, and currently working on the other), but who's also dealing with hydrocephalus. We'd love to bring the community her way, and make a huge dent in her medical bills.
Wanna help?  Here are 3 ways we could use you:
  1. Give $1.00 - This is the best way to help out and join our team at the same time.
  2. Join our blogger network - Blog about our Love Drops each month like I am :) It's easy, it's rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps our families). Love Drop will give you all the content you need.
  3. Give a gift or provide a service - Gift cards are always helpful. Places like Target, Safeway, gas stations, etc would definitely help them out.
    It's seriously a great organization to get behind.  While the blanket I was sending didn't quite work out, I'm going to look up some small knits I could do for Katie.  I'll be (please God) sending it early this time, and hopefully avoid the 25$ delivery cost!!!!!  Geez, Canada Post is trying to bleed me dry!