Creativity Heals 2010
During times of fear, stress, uncertainty, or loss, scrapbooking and creativity can play a substantial role in the healing process. Throughout 2010, Creating Keepsakes is promoting our "Creativity Heals" campaign to encourage this healing. We invite you to share your creative talents, time, and extra scrapbook and craft supplies to help those in need. In each issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, we are spotlighting a different way to use your creative talents to help yourself or others who may be in need of healing.
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is the perfect time to put your scrapbooking skills to work by helping those who live with this disease. This month Creating Keepsakes magazine is highlighting two organizations that have been raising money for the last several years to support breast cancer research. Read on to find out how you can participate, with or without attending. You'll also learn about about a great new product line from DecoArt that's being sold to help fundraise for breast cancer reasearch.
Lisa Lebreux (center) with friends at the 2009 BCA crop.
Breast Cancer Awareness Crop in Dartmouth, Massachusetts
In the spring of 2004, Lisa Lebreux was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. She was devastated, but decided to organize the Breast Cancer Awareness Crop for October to share her story and to encourage others to get annual mammograms. That first year, over $3,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society in only 12 hours. The crop has been held every year since. This year, the crop will be held Saturday, October 30.
This all-day crop includes:
* goody bags with scrapbooking embellishments and cancer literature
* homemade food items
* layout contests
* free raffles and paid raffles (the main fundraising event)
* chair massages
* scrapbook and other vendors on sight
If you cannot attend the crop but would like to support it, you may donate items for the goody bags and raffle items to Lisa Lebreux, or you can donate funds to the American Cancer Society. To learn more or to register for the crop, visit scrapbookwestport.com or e-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Suze Groenke/Suzetta Anne Photography
The Survivor Crop in Vista, California
The Survivor Crop, themed after a popular TV show, began in 2001 and has grow to be the second-largest breast cancer fundraiser in the San Diego area. Each year, during the third weekend in October, Ever After Scrapbooks hosts a 24-hour crop filled with games, prizes, and lots of scrapbooking. This year's crop will be held October 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
Here's how the crop works:
Attendees register and then fundraise for Komen for the Cure in the weeks before the crop. Each person raises a donation of at least $125. The person who raises the most money becomes "The Ultimate Survivor" during the crop. Participants also work as teams or "islands," and the island that raises the most money becomes "The Ultimate Surviving Island."
This all-day crop includes:
* Saturday morning breakfast
* goody bag
* official Survivor Crop t-shirt
* silent auction (open to the general public)
To learn how to attend or sponsor the Survivor Crop, visit survivorcrop.com. Registration is open until two weeks prior to the event.
DASK287 Pretty 'n Pink Picture Frame Stencil Kit
Includes: Wooden Picture Frame with instructions, Stencil - Live, Love, Believe, 2oz. Pretty 'n pink Acrylic Paint, 2-pot Paint Pot with Fun Fuchsia & Craft Twinkles Crystal, 2 sponge wedges
Fundraise for Breast Cancer Research by Crafting
DecoArt Inc. has a new product line out. Each time you purchase one of the Pretty 'n Pink limited edition items, a portion of the proceeds is donated to breast cancer research. To learn more about these products, visit decoart.com or check out their Pretty 'n Pink Facebook page.
Crops of Luv is a non-profit organization founded to create scrapbooks for children that have been granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. Each year, over 200 wishes are granted to children with life threatening illnesses in Arizona. Crops of Luv collects and puts together memory books for these children and their families, who fill them with treasured photographs and stories. You can help these families remember their fun times by donating the following items to Crops of Luv:
* Scrapbooking supplies of all kinds including: adhesive, pop dots or glue dots, 12" x 12" cardstock (especially in primary and bright colors), Disney-themed paper, travel-themed paper (especially relating to plane trips), and 3-D embellishments (including cartoons and other child themes).
* 12" x 12" layouts that accommodate at least two 4" x 6" photos per page and journaling space.
* Blank or completed 12" x 12" post bound albums that are 20 pages total.
* Layouts or album with Disney, travel, family, or any inspirational themes.
Visit cropsofluv.org to find the dates of upcoming events and to learn more.
Find a Charity Crop on Facebook
Have you ever wanted to scrapbook for charity, or to donate supplies, but haven't known where to go or whom to donate to? Well, those days are over! Charity Scrapbook Buddies is a Facebook group set up to get the word out about crops and other scrapbook functions that help those in need. All you have to do to let others know about an event is to post a discussion thread on the facebook site and include the event name, location, cost, and date. There may be an event happening soon near you. Check it out!
At Creating Keepsakes magazine we took the January Creativity Heals challenge and donated extra scrapbook supplies to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Families enjoy time creating artistic projects as they face their challenges together. Find out what donations or volunteer help your local hospital or child care facility could use most by visiting their home page or giving them a call.
Operationwritehome.org provides a great service for US military personnel. They collect homemade cards for men and women in the military to send to their families. Donate your homemade cards to operationwritehome.org today. Be sure to read the guidelines posted on the home page, and then check out the blog for updates on what cards are most needed at the moment.
The Good Grief Blog is an online community where those who have suffered loss can receive support as they share their stories and scrapbook pages about loved ones.
Volunteer to teach at or participate in craft projects at a local school, recreation center, or private service organization. Find out what programs in your community use volunteers with artistic talents.
Visit those in nursing homes or assisted living centers. Make cards or other crafts with them, or collect cards to give to them.
Donate extra crafting supplies to hospitals or art-therapy centers in your area.
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