It’s the one thing that we all need, and the one thing that many of us overlook in our charitable lives.
Hope is “a feeling that something good will happen to be true; a feeling of trust.” Most of you reading this will have this in your life; you will know, with fair certainty, that tomorrow you will still have a place to live, food on the table, and that you will not be bombed out of your house by a dictatorial government.
We take our hope for granted.
Do you know what happens when you, consistently, go through really, really hard times? When life proves to you over and over and over that it’s not going to get better, that it will never get better? Hope flees. And that is where we meet most of the people along our charitable path.
You can change that.
Do you know that you, yes Y-O-U, have the power to change that in someone’s life? You see, the loss of hope is just a buildup of experiences. It’s just a bank of things going wrong, of no one there to help, that builds up in the brain. That’s all it is. And it’s a hard-won loss. Most of us are wired to not lose that hope. So let’s make a bank of hope experiences in the lives of people that need it.
This project is to create hope dolls for an AMAZING nonprofit that is helping children and families of children that are battling long-term illness. Keep reading to get the details on the project and more information on this fantastic organization.
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- Old-Fashioned Clothespins
- Assorted Yarn
- Paint Pens and Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sparkly Pipe Cleaners
Wrap and hot glue the sparkly pipe cleaner around the clothespin (this will be the arms of your doll).
Starting below the ball, wrap your clothespin with the yarn. Wrap and completely cover the pipe cleaner on the clothespin.
When you’ve wrapped all the way to the “waist,” switch colors and wrap with a contrasting color. You can wrap each leg individually for pants, or wrap together for a skirt.
Use markers, colors, pencils, or paint to add facial expressions, hair, skin tone, shoes, etc.
Get creative and personalize those dolls! We’ve had some amazing makers use yarn for the hair, ribbon for bows – this is the fun creative part!
Mail this off! Include a Giving Card so the families on the other end know there’s a real community out there pulling for them. Print off this page, cut out the label below, and send it off. You can even Schedule a Free Package Pickup Here. Send it off to:
3918 Vero Rd, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21227
Your Mission: Childhood Illness
Let’s get some more facts on Childhood Illness – and how you can help.
Did you know that every year over 3 million children are hospitalized in the United States? And that 15-18% of ALL CHILDREN live with a chronic childhood illness – that is a staggering amount.
Every year the United States spends $233 BILLION dollars on childhood illness – and childhood cancer and illness rates are on the rise. So you’re help, this HOPE that you’re giving to these families? Worldchanging. Life-Giving. DIY Amazingness (which is what we go for ;)).
YOUR ORGANIZATION: Casey Cares
The mission of Casey Cares is to lift the spirits of everyone affected by childhood illness. They are dedicated to providing uplifting programs with a personal touch for critically ill children and their families in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Not once-a-lifetime or once-a-year, Casey Cares knows that the best palliative care comes from continuous, ongoing support. Casey Cares bi-monthly customized programs give families dozens of opportunities to create positive family memories. Many of their patients will be receiving active treatment for years, and this impact is felt by siblings, parents and the community. Beginning as early as birth, Casey Cares focuses on the entire family, not simply the sick child. Learn more at caseycares.org.
GET CONNECTED TO AINA
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Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a female-led company that transforms women into world changers. Join the movement of DIY World Change and get our accredited projects, leadership coaching, and nonprofit consulting – email us and tell us how you want to change the world. We’ll help you get there.