Worldwide there must be thousands of charities, all desperate for donations. Here in Australia the need is also great, and as the saying goes … charity begins at home. Let’s look at a new way of viewing that saying , because you can make a contribution to charity from things you have in your home … particularly your craft stash.
Southern Cross Kids Camps
This project has been running for a few years now, and if you’re a scrapbooker, then you can help with this one! Southern Cross Kids Camps are a non-profit organisation with no government funding. They run camps for abused and at-risk kids. Volunteers run these camps and take the kids on adventures they would not usually have the opportunity to experience … rock climbing, bush walking, abseiling, archery and other great camp stuff. While the kids sleep, the volunteers print photos they’ve taken to the day, and add them to ready-made scrapbook albums. Every child leaves camp with an album of photos, and for some it is the only childhood photos they have ever owned. The leaders used to stay up all night making the pages from scratch, but this is where scrapbookers like us can help. You can dig into your stash and make some 6″x6″ page, and all it needs is a mat (to fit a 5″ x 3.5″ photo), a journal box and a simple embellishment. There is always need for pages to suit boys. You can make pages all year round and send to Julie Stone, C/- SCKC, PO Box 290, Unanderra NSW 2526
Cards for Charity
If you are a cardmaker, then there is a lot of good you can do by donating handmade cards to various organisations. If you prefer to give to an organisation close to home, contact your local hospital. Nurses in the oncology or maternity wards would be happy to give cards to patients who are in need of one. Perhaps they want to send a birthday card, but of course, can’t get out. Thank you cards would also be well used, and it is easy to underestimate how important it is for patients to express their thanks and keep in touch with loved ones. Other charities you might consider are Camp Quality, Ronald McDonald House, a local nursing home or aged care facility, Bushfire & flood victim appeals, local school or preschool for their fundraising events.
It is not only our scrapbooking stash that can get a little bountiful, other types of craft are often prone to getting out of hand! Here are some links to keep you busy in the name of a good cause:
Knitting – Red Cross, Trauma Teddies
Knitting – RSPCA, dog coat
Knitting – squares for blankets
Quilting – Blankets of Love (or please donate to your hospital’s oncology unit)
Painting – Memory Boxes
If you keep your eyes open you will see opportunities where you didn’t see them before. You don’t have to handmake something. Perhaps you know someone who likes to knit trauma teddies, and you could donate wool out of your stash to them, or buy them a ball or 2 when you’re at the dollar shop, Spotlight or the wool shop. Have you ever crafted for charity? Do you know some that I missed out? If so, let me know about it in the comments below, or over at the Cake & Enemy Facebook page.