Good morning SCT friends, it's Catherine and I wanted to share with you all an extraordinary experience I had this past weekend and how that experience has developed in to a new initiative here at the magazine. As always, we love that papercrafting brings so many people together to learn and share, but also to give and support.
Last Saturday we joined forces with Crafting For a Cure, an amazing charity that we have worked alongside with at the Creativ Festival for years. Crafting For a Cure is a not-for-profit registered charity that looks for opportunities to ensure children are having a positive experience when a hospital visit is necessary. Pamela is an extraordinary woman who quite simply makes things happen. Crafting For a Cure not only crafts with children, they create new playrooms and offers creative distractions to help the kids pass the time while they are there.
Each year Pamela organizes Kilometres for Kids which encourages high school students to get out to do something unique while earning community service hours. A requirement for high school graduation. Along with a $10 donation, the students have to make a card for a child and walk around a track for 45 minutes....to great music! They can also raise donations from family and friends to earn prizes from some of the amazing sponsors ~ thank you Starbucks! This year Scrapbook & Cards Today ran the cardmaking part of this event and I have to say, we loved every minute of it.
Here are just a few pictures from the event...
Some of the SCT runners/walkers ~ Team Red!
I think these girls sat and made five cards each!
More than 200 cards were created and will be sent to over 42 children's wards across Canada. I could not have been prouder of all the students we met that day who were touched to be doing something so worthwhile. A special thank you to Doodlebug Designs, Bella Blvd., Bazzill, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Fiskars for the products we used to make these fabulous cards.
Which brings me to a new initiative we are excited about....SCT Cards for Kids!
Here's how it works. Create a card for a child with an inspirational message (not a get well soon card as sadly, not all the children have a positive outcome), sign your name and send it to our offices with an envelope to:
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Cards for Kids
139 Church Street
We will take all these amazing cards and provide them to Crafting For a Cure who will then send them to hospitals across Canada and the US. Easy right? Just knowing we brought a smile to a child facing a difficult time is uplifting. So let's get to work SCT friends and see if we can do 1,000 cards this summer!
Thank you so much for reading and for helping us launch SCT Cards for Kids. I am excited to be working with Crafting For a Cure and visiting children's wards to be crafting with them in the months ahead. Please take a moment to visit their website and see if there is something you can do too!