Look at all those hearts!
(* - this map has been edited to include four more states, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, and Arkansas)
I've been debating all day about how to write this post. Or even if I should write this post. I so badly want to share but at the same time I don't want to come across as bragging. This isn't about me but I can see how there is a fine line there. Still, what WE (me and you) did was a big deal and so I'm moving forward because I think it's important that you know how things turned out.
Last week I posted that I wanted to help a family in need. The plan was simple, all money made from my Etsy shop sales would be donated to a family, to a mom mostly, who is fighting hard against cancer. It wasn't that I was pessimistic but I am a realist so I didn't plan to make many sales. I thought if I could pass along $100 to this family that that would be awesome. I had even planned that I would make up the difference between what I sold and the $100 so they would for sure get a $100.
Well, it's been a week. I closed the fundraiser last night. If you follow me on facebook you may have read my morning post. If you don't, here's what I wrote:
"Feeling very overwhelmed and amazed. My little project to help a family in need wrapped up last night and all I can say is "WOW". My heart is full and I'm so touched by the generosity of both friends and strangers. I will never underestimate the power of one. Because "one" order added up to many and together great things have happened for this family! Thank you all! More details to come"
My heart is still very, very full. Over the past week, as the orders came in so did your notes, comments, and emails. All uplifting. All encouraging. One thing that stood out very clearly to me is that even though cancer is a difficult trial it also has a way of unifying people. Even people who don't know each other.
So, here's what WE, mostly as strangers, did TOGETHER for this family ...
First, today I made this card, it was a quick creation so don't judge.
Ummmm, ya! Looking at it now it looks like a political map. Oops. I didn't realize it at the time. What it is really is a map of all of the states that orders came in from. Look at that map! Look at those hearts! Isn't that cool? 28 states were represented. That means that 28 states for sure have really nice people in them!
The writing on the red part is all the towns and city names where orders will be shipped. Places from Canby, Oregon to Hampden, Maine and many, many cities in between!
The saying in the dark blue box says, "Hearts from all over the country send you their love!" This little project may have been my idea but if it wasn't for you, it would still just be an idea. You supported the idea, you shopped with the intent to help lift and encourage. Needless to say, it was important for me to represent you somehow in the delivery of funds.
Next, I opened the card and inserted in the cashiers check. Can you see that amount? No?!
Well here it is bigger...
Can you see it now? HOLY COW! You guys did this! Each order, each individual item from $4 earrings to $19 necklaces, all added up to this. And, as promised, I said I would give 100% of the purchases minus the shipping cost to this family. And that's just what I did. No supply costs were taken out of this amount! So this amount, the amount you paid, went directly to the family!
I'm happy to say this far exceeds my initial goal of $100.
With ALL my heart, I thank you! Thank you for supporting my efforts, for being willing to help and for giving to a family in need. I'm so grateful.
P.S. - I don't want to ask too much of you but I do have one more favor. If you ordered something please keep in mind that I have 114 items to make, pack, and ship. Please be patient. Some items have already gone out and another shipment will hit the post office tomorrow. I'm working on them in batches but it may take me a day or two, or three, longer than normal. I hope you understand.