Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I know, it's a little early for Christmas stuff but...Last weekend I was at Primary Children's Hospital getting some information on the Festival of Trees. I knew that the festival was where people donate trees and that people bid on them and 100% of the proceeds go to Primary Children's, but I DIDN'T know that there are other things you can donate besides trees. Apparently they do a gift boutique as well. That means, any person who can make a quality item that another person might want to purchase is invited to donate. I have decided to make something awesome and donate it. I know I have a lot of craft-tastic friends who might want to donate as well. Let me give you the info (this is straight from the packet they gave me at the meeting):

Large numbers of quality handmade gifts are needed. Involve your friends, relatives, neighbors, and associates. STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY ITEMS, but graciously accept all gifts. Encourage donors to package items in clear cellophane wrap, bags, or use ribbon to gift-wrap items when appropriate.

Turn In: We encourage all gifts to be completed by November 1, so they can be priced before Festival begins. Please check each item to make sure it is in good condition. Turn gifts in to Board Members in sturdy boxes.

Pricing: It is helpful if the donor includes the cost of materials for each item. Our goal is to price items at market value. The quality of work, the cost of materials, and the colors influence the price.

Gift Ideas:
Christmas Items: Nativity items, snowman kits, wall hangings, large wooden items, ornaments, tree skirts, neighbor gifts.
Craft Items: All-occasion note cards, thank you cards, dolls beaded, necklaces and bracelets, embroidered samplers, neighbors gifts.
Quilts: Tied or quilted king, queen, regular, twin and baby size. There is a great demand for larger sizes and rag quilts.
Kitchen: Tablecloths, runners, aprons, applique dishtowels, nylon scrubbers.
Baby and Children: Receiving blankets, burp cloths, chunky and fuzzy yarn hats and mittens, hooded bath towels, preemie items, baby headbands.
Afghans: Lap robes and afghans in white and off-white are always in demand.

Anyway, I just thought this would be a really awesome charity project-I always want to do something like this but I forget. Last year they raised 1.6 million dollars for all those babies! Can you believe that? Anyway, let me know if you have any questions.


Leandra said...

I'll be there and anyone who isn't is square.

Brady and Taryn said...

This made me so excited! And i would like to add that anyone who doesn't do this is stupid.

Todd and Ryann said...

I am thankful for you! Can I just donate rings made from dollar bills? Because that's as creative as I get. That and oragami. Those teradactyl's just look so REAL


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