Jaclyn1423 is handmade with a purpose

5 Apr

As you know, Jaclyn1423 uses April to raise money and awareness for autism. April is Autism Awareness Month, so I donate 25 percent of all my sales to Autism Speaks in April, in addition to $5 of each Joey’s Hot Dog purchase throughout the year.

And this year, I’m teamed up with Handmade With Purpose. I touched on the group here, but I wanted to delve a little more into the idea behind it.

Lindsay over at Paint Me A Picture started the group, and she told me a little about what sparked the group.

My husband (a teacher) worked in autism therapy for a few years. It was very inspiring to see him work with his students.

In 2009 I connected with cREaTe by RET and learned about her cREaTing Awareness campaign in honor of her oldest son Brett ,who is autistic. I wanted to help, so I chose to create some paintings, in honor of Brett, and donate the proceeds to a local organization that provided funds for inclusion in Brett’s school. I also worked with my local autism center and created a painting to be auctioned off at their spring fundraiser in 2010.

From there Rachel and I collaborated to do something this year during the month of April where we would get other shops involved. We only thought it fair to give each shop the option to donate to the charity of its choice, but we still thought it would be great to connect everyone together, and we started Handmade with Purpose. Our hopes are that Handmade with Purpose will evolve and go beyond the month of April and that it will be a springboard connecting shops and blogs who are raising money for wonderful causes year round.

I was featured today, and you can see that post here. Check out the rest of the blog to find more shops and bloggers and their chosen charities. If autism isn’t your thing, maybe you prefer one of the other causes:

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A huge thanks to Lindsay for putting all this together!

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One Response to “Jaclyn1423 is handmade with a purpose”

  1. Suburban Sweetheart April 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I love the idea of this, but I feel guilty when I see that someone is donating profits to a charity I don’t like or whose values I disagree with. And then I specifically do NOT want to buy from that seller, now or maybe ever. For the record, this has nothing to do with anyone you mentioned here; just something I’ve run into elsewhere that I find slightly unnerving.

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