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.
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:
- Hiya Luv Handmade is donating 20 percent of its proceeds to the Mesothelioma Cancer Research Foundation of America. May I recommend this wristlet?
- Emerging Em is donating 50 percent of its proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. I’m loving the color of these rosettes.
- The Elephant’s Trunk is giving 100 percent of its sale of wine blooms to the Special Olympics. Doesn’t this one rock? (You tie around a bottle of wine.)
A huge thanks to Lindsay for putting all this together!