February 11th, 2010 | 12 Comments
My husband and my father are both veterans. Several years ago, they inspired me to participate in the Valentines for Veterans effort during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week. Making homemade cards and delivering them to my local VA Hospital always seemed to me a fitting way to say thank you to those who serve.
Since I’m a scrapbooking fanatic, I enjoyed making detailed and fancy cards to showcase the latest scrapbook techniques and to use some of my favorite papers. But now that my 22-month old son is old enough to use crayons and to adorn construction paper with stickers, I was excited to involve him in my annual card-making project. Our cards no longer resemble Martha Stewart creations, but they were made with love and plenty of glitter.
Through the volunteer efforts of seamstresses and donations of money, clothing and fabric, Sew Much Comfort has been able to provide over 75,000 pieces of adaptive clothing and comfort.
How YOU can help:
- You can make Valentines for Veterans, too! Locate your nearest VA hospital and call to make sure they can accept your Valentines. Canada also salutes its vets during this week and has some tips on making Valentines for Vets.
- Comment: Dollar Days will donate $50 retail value in clothing for this post, plus $50 more if I receive at least 10 comments. The total donation will be well over $1000 worth of clothing. So, please comment! A list of other posts will be posted on Bloganthropy this week.
- Donate to Sew Much Comfort: Sew Much Comfort provides adaptive clothing free of charge to wounded veterans and is able to do so through generous donations and volunteer hours. Financial donations are always helpful and there is also a list of needed clothing and fabric. Sew Much Comfort specifically would love to receive t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirt or sweat shirts with logos of local sports teams in any area of the United States (size large is most needed). The wounded soldiers love having sport themed clothing but it is hard to get unless you live in that state.
- Volunteer with Sew Much Comfort: Sew Much Comfort relies on its 1600+ volunteer seamstresses to make clothing for wounded soldiers–and they can always use another pair of hands. If you know your way around a sewing machine, find out more about volunteering here.
Written by Debbie
Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.
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