Holiday Greetings to you, my friends! Thank you so much for your kind words on Gretel in my last post. I love when my sentimental posts and creations strike a reminiscent chord with other people too.
In the words of the Grinch, “Why, Christmas is practically here!” I’ve had such mixed feelings this December. (My guess is that I’m not alone in this.) I love this season so much. I love the meaning, the lights, the music, the food, the time to get together with friends, and hear from friends from years past, and the true spirit of the season.
But I’m also a basket of stress and this month has been a doozy for me. Even in my efforts to simplify and focus on what matters most, it’s been hard. There are so many people that I love and who I want to know of my love for them. But I can’t humanly do it all. Trying to find the balance between spreading Christmas cheer and not losing my marbles is always a tightrope walk.
It’s a Christmas conundrum for me. Maybe we can make January cards a thing?
But here’s something cool that I did do! Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to buy diapers, an eye exam, and a chicken from a vending machine? Well let me tell you how!
This year Giving Machines were set up in Manhattan, London, Salt Lake City, Manilla, Philippines, and Gilbert, Arizona.
These machines let you support causes that help people in crisis close to home and around the world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with local food banks and charities in the cities where the machines are located as well as global organizations such as Care.org, UNICEF, and Wateraid.org.
I love that these organizations don’t just give a temporary handout, but look for long term solutions such as sanitary water and sustainable food sources, education, and job skills.
Buying a water bottle from this machine included a donation to Wateraid.org and Waterforpeople.org. (100% of the money given for the specific items/causes goes directly to the partnering organizations, with all administrative costs covered by the LDS Church.)
Can you guess what I bought from the Giving Machines? (Okay, I already gave that away in the title of this post.) How could I not? I know how much sewing has benefited my life in SO many ways, it made me a little teary to hope that the gift of a sewing machine might do the same for someone else.
These machines are given to women and men in need to provide source of income and independance. I’m SO delighted that Care.org recognizes that as a benefit and means to empower other women and men globally.
Want to hear something cool? As of last Monday (Dec 18) $1.3 million had been raised through the Giving Machines and $75,465 of that money was for sewing machines. I love to think of how many other sewing lovers out there wanted to make the gift of sewing possible.
Speaking of makers who give, we have raised $1730 for the California Wildfire Relief Fund thanks to the generosity of many of you! (I have covered the Paypal fees so that 100% of the money contributed goes directly to that fund.)
Thanks to all of you for working together to make the world a better place. Individually it’s hard to feel like we can make a difference when SO many are in need, but collectively, our small contributions do help in significant ways.
And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Want to read more about the Giving Machines? Go here. You can also contribute to the global partner charities without having to find a Giving Machine.
Seasons Greetings! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Feliz Navidad! Happy Holidays! Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward All!
Whatever you are celebrating this season, I send you the best wishes from our house to yours and to those you love.