So during today’s scouring of the interwebs for new craft ideas, I stumbled across Craft for China, a fundraiser for orphaned children in China that was started (and is run) by Melissa- a college student who decided to make a difference in the lives of a few of these children.
What she does is collect donated craft items to sell during periodic fundraising events (either on Ebay or at a local fair) and then gives 100% of the money to Love Without Boundaries, which, according to their website, “is a worldwide group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and impoverished children in China. We provide humanitarian aid in four key areas – medical, education, nutrition, and foster care – enabling children to receive a family through adoption or to become self-sustaining members of their communities.”
If you are interested in donating some crafts of your own, she accepts all handmade items, art work, vintage things, and supplies (beads, fabric, scrapbook things, etc.). Click here for more information on donating crafts.
If you’re not as crafty, there are several other ways that you can support Craft for China:
1. Buy some really adorable (and very budget-friendly!) vintage jewelry from her Etsy site, Smitten Jewelry. 10% of all sales go to Craft for China, and shipping is free! I double-dog-dare you to try to find cuter jewlery for such a great price and such a great cause.
2. Buy a beautiful Gracie Bag from her going-out-of-business-so-everything’s-on-clearance-sale Etsy site, Plastic Hearts. $10 of the $16 bags goes to Craft for China, and again- free shipping.
3. Spread the word. Put one of her cute buttons on your blog or website, blog about Craft for China, talk about it with people in real life, etc.