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Giving Tuesday 2016: Matching your gifts to K.I.N.D. Fund and IAVA

I heard recently that the endorphins released when we give to a cause we care about are the same ones released when we’re with our loved ones. How cool is that? It explains why I just love #givingtuesday every year – almost more than holidays themselves!

This year, I’d like to invite you to join me in supporting either of two causes that have struck my heart this year: the K.I.N.D. Fund and IAVA. I’ve been saving up for a while to be able to give BIG today—and you can help me spend the money I’ve saved up! Read on for more about the projects, why I care – and how you can make a donation to one of these orgs today and have it matched!

Kids in Need of Desks Fund – K.I.N.D. Fun

cx-zf_1xcaqqi0w70% of school children in Malawi don’t have a desk or a chair. Can you fathom how hard that would be? I picture sitting next to my friends – and the poking that would happen. “She kicked me!” “Teacher, somebody stuck a pencil in my back!” Oy. Kids are kids wherever they are, right?

And how do kids learn when they’re sitting on a concrete floor, or in the dirt outside? (I’d have been distracted by bugs! *freakout*) Just look at all the kids in this photo – they *are* in school, but how much is being learned when they’re sitting on a hard concrete floor?

Well, the K.I.N.D. Fund, a program promoted by Lawrence O’Donnell and administered by UNICEF, gives desks to these kids who have been sitting on the floor. Desks and benches to sit on where they can sit up and pay attention, and have a hard surface to write on and lay a book flat. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll do a little drawing in their notebooks too. I’m pretty sure they can’t resist doodling.

Lawrence O’Donnell just got back days ago from a trip to Malawi to see the distribution in action, and the photos here are from his twitter feed. I was overjoyed to see the change from the kids seated on the floor – to the smiles with their new desks!

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cx6isdywqaaobolOne of the other things I just love about this program is that the desks are made locally. Right there in Malawi. That creates jobs for local people, supports a local business, all at the same times as the kids are getting help! This is a photo of Dave Thomas (he doesn’t look related to the Wendy’s guy!), who makes the desks. Just look at his happy smile too! His family is supported by this work. And the families of everyone who works with him to make the desks. One gift of a desk ripples out through the community!

So now that you know all about the K.I.N.D. Fund, maybe you’re jazzed about it like I am. (If not, scroll up and look at those smiling faces again!) I’d like to see if we can get a whole bunch of desks for kids in Malawi….whatcha think? Are you game to get a desk? Maybe two? You can even give an ecard when you give one – make it a Christmas gift in someone’s honor. Perfect for that person who’s already got all they need!

Here’s what your gift can buy:

  • $27.50: one desk and bench
  • $55: two desks and bench
  • $110: four desks and bench
  • $1,300: Furnish a class of 40 with desks!

MATCHING GIFTS:

So here’s the deal for this charity: I will match, desk for desk, your giving, up to a full classroom! That means between you and me, we could tackle TWO classrooms. I’m picturing the wide eyes when the big truck arrives with those shiny new desks and the excitement of not having to sit on the floor. Yeah!! Release those endorphins! If you give a desk, or two, or four….to let me know without shouting to the world about it, you can fill out the form to let me know how much I’m matching. (You can leave a comment on this post as well to encourage others to give!) To give a desk, click right HERE. 🙂


Choose one or both:

Amount:

IAVA: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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For those more domestically-inclined, another charity I am 100% behind is IAVA, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. IAVA is the #1 post-9/11 veteran organization; they don’t just support veterans, they empower them! You may have seen the Commander In Chief Forum earlier this year – that was spearheaded by IAVA, and I was so proud of their work in putting that important event together.

Their leader, Paul Rieckhoff, is the smartest, most passionate advocate for veterans. When any vet issues arise, you’ll see him being interviewed and not taking a partisan side. IAVA’s side is the veterans’ side. If you’re ever wondering which of any number of candidates is “right” on a veteran issue, see what Paul is saying. I trust him far more than politicians as far as what policies will best support our veterans. He and all of IAVA will go to the mat fighting for our service men and women, and I stand with them.

Here’s just a taste of the impact they’ve had – and this doesn’t even include their advocacy work:

To get involved with IAVA, you can become a member, make a donation, or get some gear  – the last two would also be great gifts for veterans in your life!

MATCHING GIFTS:

I’ll be matching my readers’ donations to IAVA today – up to the same $1,300 as I’m doing for the desks for kids! To let me know without shouting to the world about it, you can fill out the form below to let me know how much I’m matching. (You can leave a comment on this post as well to encourage others to give!) To give to IAVA, click right HERE. 🙂


Choose one or both:

Amount:

THANK YOU for making an impact in Malawi – and across the USA!

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Winners…and more

Happy Sunday!

I’ve got a couple fun things for you as we all recover from our thanksgiving turkey comas…one is a bit of Hamilton magic applied to the Christmas season…Hamildolph should make you smile! I love Eclipse6 – if you like accapella Christmas music, be sure to check out their website – amazing voices.

While I’m in a video-sharing mood, I’m going to take a moment to brag on my young cousin Wesley. He’s so talented – check out his latest dance piece!

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And of course – this is what most of you came for! lol. Kim and Terry, send me your email address from my contact form, and I’ll be mailing these out tomorrow, along with a ton of “customer appreciation day” packets to clear out my stash…it’s getting deep in the studio!

  • Kuretake set of 12 watercolors: Kim Perkins
  • Wplus9 Santa’s Reindeer stamp set: Terry DuMoulin

Giallo was my little helper packing up the packets! He’s growing up so fast…

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Happy Black Friday!

I’m not a Black Friday shopper – I adore Small Business Saturday instead – however my inbox is noticing the sales, and I figured I’d gather ’em up for you in a short list. See the websites for full details and restrictions. Just a few of these are affiliate links (read more here).

NOTE

For those not yet decided on their holiday stamps, here’s a heads up on what’s coming up on my blog – if you want to pick it up while on sale, in advance of the coloring video: Wplus9 Santa’s Reindeer; LF Scalloped Treat Box with Fairies; AI mouse; Honey Bee Flakey Friends and Sentiments; AE Christmas Kitsch; LF Snow Cool and Popup die; TE Holy Night, Stamping Bella Seasons Greetings. And I just saw that the Daniel Smith Essentials 6 set is on a huge discount! gah! Note that there’s not much time before Christmas so some of these will be cutting it close to use for your cards! So many stamps, so little time!

Sales

List below is in random order that they showed up in my inbox….I ate too much stuffing to even alphabetize. LOL. Happy shopping!

    • Ellen Hutson –  20% off along with a FREE gift in any order. Orders over $75 get the Sparkle stamp set and orders over $150 get the Sparkle stamp set and die! Free gift offer is good through 11/28/16 while supplies last.
      • Code “early2016” is valid 12:00-9:00am PST on Friday 11/25/16. Shop HERE.
      • Code “anniv2016” for 15% on all in stock items any time over the weekend -11/25/16 through 11/28/16. Shop HERE.
      • Code “cyber2016” for 20% on any remaining in-stock items on 11/28/16. Shop HERE.
    • AmazonOMGPrismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 150 set 71% off!?!? Go NOW. #fullsetsyndrome
    • Dick Blick
      • In store: 20% off entire purchase from 11/25/16-11/27/16.
      • Online: 15% off $79 or more, 20% off $99 or more, 25% off $159 or more, 20% off $259 or more! Plus free shipping $45+! Coupon code WKD2016. Ends midnight 11/27
    • Dayspring – 30% off site wide with coupon code FRIDAY16
    • Honey Beea “thanks” stamp free with $75 purchase; “thanks” stamp and die with $125 purchase AND free US shipping, good through 11/25.
    • Taylored Expressions30% off everything, no code required.
    • Stamping Bella 30% storewide, and up to 50% on sale category items, with code GRATEFUL16
    • Gerda Steiner Designs – sale details HERE!
    • Lawn FawnFree shipping ($4 discount for intl orders), and spend $35+ and get a free stamp set; spend $60+ for stamp and die!
    • The Greeting Farm30% off everything 11/25/16  to 11/28/16 with code BLKFRI30
    • Avery Elle – free shipping on all US orders, spend $40+ get two rolls of twine. 11/24/16  to 11/29/16. No code needed.
    • Winnie & Walter15% off all instock items with code wwBLACKFRIDAY2016 – coordinating digital elements/cut files will be sent to you by email *free* this weekend! Spend $35 or more (after discount + prior to s&h and tax) and receive a 4×6 stamp set while supplies last.
    • My Sweet Petunia – 20% off the entire store. 11/25/16 to 11/27/16. No code needed.
    • Copic30% off Multiliner sets, with coupon code MLBlackFriday
    • Altenewup to 50% off. No codes needed for any deals, see THIS page for details, but here’s an overview:
      • 11/25/16 only – Up to 50% off on selected items
      • 11/25/16 to 11/28/16 – 20% off stamp & die bundles
      • 11/28/16 —-> Up to 50% off on selected items
    • MFT – 30% off site-wide (excludes Nov release) with code THANKS, through Monday 11/28/16.
    • Mo’s Digital Pencil – 20% off your total order, with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/27
    • Sunny Studio Stampsfree shipping on orders over $25 , and 15% off sales will be donated to charity!
    • Our Daily Bread Designs30% off everything, coupon code SAVE30
    • Tombow 40% off lettering sets
    • Simon Says Stamp15% off 11/25 only with code SSSBFS
    • Society620% off everything + free shipping! No coupon needed.
    • Adorn the Hunter30% off all jewelry (love their rings!) with coupon code BLACK
    • Petsmartup to 50% off on over 1000 items (Giallo and Vienna are ecstatic)
    • Sandy AllnockCopic Jumpstart and Exploring Watercolor are discounted through this weekend! And the “giftable” versions are discounted through Christmas Eve – your recipient will receive an email on Christmas morning telling them of their class gift. Copic and Watercolor classes available as gifts. No coupon needed.

Don’t forget to save some of your funds for Giving Tuesday – or maybe count up what you’ve saved, and donate that to charity…win win! 🙂