Hi everyone! Happy Saturday!
Today’s hop is a very different, very special one.
When it comes to a loved one’s birthday, or other special event to celebrate them, we often reach for a traditional gift. Something they could wear, or eat, or use, perhaps. A gift experience maybe. Pretty flowers, or gadgets, or books. So many possibilities.
We spend an extraordinary amount all the time on gifting, and wrapping gifts, and spoiling our loved ones. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, of course. They deserve it.
But what if the gift you gave could also give a gift to someone else at the same time?
Charitable giving as a gift may not be all that glamorous, or showy, as a fancy box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers. One can’t wrap it up all pretty or do all that much with it. But what it is, that many other gifts are not, is something that makes a genuine difference to the world. And with the state that the world is in, giving the gift of making a difference in someone else’s name, well… well that’s good for the soul too.
So to promote the idea of giving a charitable donation as a gift, a number of us decided to get together and take part in a special Charity Blog Hop. This Hop is the brainchild of the awesome Sandy Allnock, whose heart is as big as her talent.
We’ve each chosen a charitable gift or two for our loved ones, and made our donations to purchase those gifts ahead of time. Today’s special hop gives us a chance to share which causes we have given to, and to share some crafty creations that were inspired by our gifts! Be sure to hop along as there are prizes to be won too!
I actually found two causes that resonated strongly with me, so I decided to purchase them both!
My first gift was purchased from International Rescue Committee (IRC). This wonderful organisation helps people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster. With their efforts and relief operations, International Rescue Committee works tirelessly in over 40 war-affected countries. They help people survive, recover, and regain control of their futures. And any organisation that was an original idea of Albert Einstein is a winner in my book.
IRC have a great program of gifts that people can give. Rather than a pure cash donation, you can choose a specific gift that makes a difference to a displaced person’s life. Everything from Women’s Dignity Kits to Community Health Worker Training can be purchased, and these types of gifts truly offer something different to help people rebuild their lives.
I purchased the gift of A Light In The Dark. This brilliant gift is of particular help to families fleeing their homes in places like Iraq and Syria. These people have no access to electricity, and so staying safe and keeping in contact can be perilous and difficult. A Light In The Dark supplies families with an innovative solar lamp and charger called a WakaWaka. These clever devices allow families to charge their phones on the move so they can contact their loved ones elsewhere, and also help them to move about safely at night. What a simply brilliant idea!
Here’s how I was inspired by this inspirational gift:
I absolutely love how this turned out – it feels bright and inspiring and loving – just as this gift is!
A combination of an awesome new stamp set from Jillibean Soup, some vellum and glitter sunrays, patterned papers and sequins and splatter just makes me so so happy.
My next gift was purchased from Oxfam Gifts. A household name that I’m sure need no introduction, Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. With over 70 years’ experience in over 90 countries, Oxfam strive to tackle the root causes that keep people in poverty: inequality, discrimination and unequal access to resources and opportunities. With Oxfam Gifts you can do anything from Invest in A Small Business to Plant A Forest – definitely gifts that create a legacy! And for those who want something smaller but still meaningful, there are dozens of fantastic gifts that make a difference!
I purchased the gift of People Power. I am a great believer in and advocate of grassroots movements. I really believe that everyone has the power to enact change, no matter who they are, no matter what their background. If we free people from the binds of their circumstances, they can truly become powerful forces for change and for good. This gift does exactly that, by investing in a grassroots leader in a poor community so that they have access to the tools and training they need in order to meet with government officials, companies and more. I am awed that such a gift exists and was truly moved to purchase it.
Here’s how I was inspired by this inspirational gift:
Gotta say I’m crazy for that wild combination of colours, patterns and oh-so-inspiring sentiment!
I combined lots of favourite stamp sets, inks, colours and sequins for this one. I loved layering the assortment in a higgeldy-piggeldy way – it keeps it interesting and different and definitely evokes the sense of the People Power card I was sent!
I hope you’ve been inspired not only by my creations, but by the incredible causes that inspired them!
As mentioned earlier, we really want to encourage people to think about charitable gift giving and to be inspired by all the wonderful causes people have chosen for today! So to give you a bit of an incentive, there are some prizes up for grabs for four lucky winners!
Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving!
Simply leave a comment on each of the hop destinations to be in with the chance to win! Here’s your Hop order for today:
Carly Tee Minner
May Sukyong Park
Ellen Hutson Blog
You have until Wednesday 22nd March to leave all your comments, and the winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday 23rd March.
There are so many great, worthy causes that people have chosen – and we’ve barely scraped the surface! Please do check them all out!
Thanks for stopping by! Good luck – and get giving!
You Brighten My Day Card
Move Those Mountains Card
103 thoughts on “Charity Blog Hop – And A Giveaway!”
Those are some wonderful charities that do amazing, much needed work!
I love the freedom and energy in your cards, so charming!
I am loving your ‘mixed media ‘ vibe on these cards! Wow, the sentiment on the second one is awesome! It’s no surprise that Ms.A was the instigator of this special hop, i appreciate all your inspiration AND info!!
I think both cards are beautiful, but what is more beautiful are the two causes you chose to donate for.
the cards are lovely
Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing them.
Such a wonderful idea, and your cards are awesome!
Thank you for introducing me to 2 new amazing charities. I’ve bookmarked both of the links. A Light in the Dark really touched me. There is a lot of darkness these days.. Get my SS Wed and I will be donating a light so I too can bring a little light to the world. Thank you again.
The card really show how it is so important to have a light to do just the simple thinks in life. But it makes such an impact for the lives of others.
Nice and a great cause too.
Thanks, Erica K.
Wow! TWO amazingly beautiful cards! I can really see the love and inspiration from your organizations in these pretty cards! Thanks for being a part of this great hop!
I can’t wait to research into the organization more. Thank you for sharing it!
Wow!!! This is such a wonderful idea!!! Love your stunning cards!!!
I love the use of the vellum here!
Your cards are amazing – just perfect with these gifts! I love your choices – so empowering!
Thank you for sharing your charities- I will definitely check them out. Your cards are beautiful.
Wonderful cards. You did it again! Great charities.
Both of your cards are amazing and hold lots of meaning behind it. I love the second one more the design and the wo d you chose very . It send lots of hopes. Thanks for sharing this post with us.
What a fabulous card!!
Thanks for being involved in this great hop and I especially love the light bulb card!
Great cards and great charities!
Your cards are so bright and inspiring! Just beautiful. And your charities are just amazing – thank you for sharing about them!
Love your light bulb card.
Love your cards and what a wonderful idea ! This is a great opportunity for your readers to discover some new and worthy charities!
I love the “You Brighten My Day” card! Thank you for your charity work, and for participating in this wonderful Hop!
Great inspiration. My favorite is the second card.
Fantastic blog hop. What a great way of introducing some great charities to people. I’m enjoying learning about each and one of them. Thank you! Fantastic cards too. Love how you were inspired…
Getting to learn about new (to me) charities has been the highlight of this hop along with all the beautiful cards. I have got to get the stamp set you used on the 2nd card. That sentiment is outstanding.
Love your gorgeous cards! I am enjoying the hop and learning about the different charities!
Wow these cards are perfect to represent these causes:)
Love that light gift.
Both your cards are beautiful and so inspiring. Love the “Move the Mountain” card . Great charities.
Great cards and the fact they coordinate with your charity is so cool! Love them
Love the idea of your charity. I often wondered how people manage in those regions! Wonderful cards too!!!
What a wonderful idea for a blog. I have been inspired by all of you to donate to our local food bank. Thank you for the inspiration
Never heard of your charities but they are good ones. Love your cards.
Woonderful cards! Such a great hoP!
Fabulous cards! So many deserving charities – it’s hard to choose from!
I like how you matched the cards with each charity, it shows a great deal of thought went into your choices.
Great cards and such wonderful charities you have chosen. A Light in the Dark is such an awesome idea!
Love both of the cards and both of the charities. Awesome.
Awesome blog hop
with a great theme.
Carla from Utah
What fabulous charities you chose Taheerah. I would have guessed you to be a global humanitarian. Love how your cards coordinate with the charities. Great work as always!
What a perfect card to go along with your chosen charities! I had not heard of either of these charities so I’m learning new things as I go through this blog hop.
Two fabulous cards! Specially love that first one with the lightbulb. And two great sounding charities as well.
Both your cards are great….love the designs, colors and inspirational sentiments. If given half a chance, people will pull themselves up by the boot straps, stand tall and make their lives better. But with so many war torn areas in the world this would be difficult. I like the idea of the Waka Waka that allows family to stay in touch . Thanks for sharing.
Sounds like awesome causes. What a fab hop!
Beautiful, thoughtful and inspirational!
Great cards, and amazing organizations!
These are great causes and even better, if possible, cards. Love the second one especially, those swaths of color along the bottom just speak to me.
I like your inspiring cards.