Sewing is a age old craft that binds people together. Every stitch sewn or taught is a gift from our past and for our future. To create something by hand brings industry back into a community. It is to this community that we want to give back. Starting on February 1, 2012 10% of all profits (before taxes and shipping) will be donated to a charity that month.
The Acts of Kindness have been chosen by our family and we will take your suggestions under consideration. All charities must be a not-for-profit with a 501(c)3 status, have a website and we will be checking them against a charity checker for validity.
Why? Our family is one of those that is on the mend from an intense financial struggle since 2008. Momtastic Stitchery is a family supported business. We are very fortunate to be able to do this together as a family. But when we re-evaluated our goals at the beginning of the year one area we felt was lacking was our charity in the community. We know first hand there are families struggling worse than us, we found ourselves constantly wishing we could give more to those in need but are unable to do so as often as we would like. This is why we came up with the idea to donate a portion of our profits.
Charities for the following month will be announced by the 15th of the previous month.
Who will you help today?
Why did we choose this organization instead of one closer to home? Because we figure our donations will start small and grow. Kiva is an organization where a $25 micro-loan can not only make a difference in someone's lives a world away but once repaid the amount can then be loaned out again. This revolving loan will make a great charity that will continue to give long term.
UPDATE: We met our goal of $25 to donate to a business woman through the Micro Loan group Kiva.org I chose Piedad, a seamstress in Peru ( Follow her story here ). I was the first person to loan her money and within days others had also contributed so that she met her goal of $575 and now she can buy supplies like fabric, zippers and elastic. This is her second Kiva loan so I have confidence that she will succeed in her venture. Meet Vincent Cordova, a local Albuquerque Firefighter who will be heading out of state for surgery on a rare brain tumor. You can read more about him HERE. At the end of the month I will be donating funds directly to his Paypal account. I am also donating a lap blanket, valued at $200, for an upcoming silent auction (more on that when I get details). If you would like to help he has a Paypal button HERE. I have spoken with his friends and family and more than anything now he really just needs cash to help pay for his expenses and treatment as well as your prayers.
NEXT UP FOR APRIL
Children's Grief Center of New Mexico
"Central New Mexico's only grief support program for children."
" The Children’s Grief Center does not receive any governmental funding and is dependent on donations from individuals and businesses to be able to provide such services."
Paypal button to donate directly HERE.
TOTAL DONATED in 2012: $25.00