Tom Cochrane is many things – World Vision ambassador, Juno award winner, Order of Canada recipient – and we’ve followed him on Twitter for awhile now.. Tom was one of our first Comfort Doll participants 11 yrs ago and has always had a soft spot in our hearts. When we asked Tom if he’d donate his used strings – “of course!” he said.
One day they came in the mail and Tom AND guitarist/slide guitarist extraordinaire Kenny Greer also donated his strings! We have silver. We have gold. We have brass. We have thick, and thin, and copper coloured.. we have strings 🙂 Can’t wait to make some items!
*edit – this is our first bracelet, inspired by Sinking Like a Sunset (and sold..but we can make more, so no worries). Pic of me with Tom about a month after the strings arrived.. after his show in Kelowna. He loved the bracelets (we took one) and what his strings are accomplishing.
Sam Roberts Band have supported our charity since the very beginning first with a Comfort Doll photo (HERE) and then with donating guitar strings, and this time, James Hall got in on the action and donated his bass strings as well!
Sam Roberts Band was playing Vancouver at the Orpheum theatre, 8 yrs almost to the day of our first encounter with these great guys, so of course we had to go see the show! We got the strings after the show from the band’s tech, who came right up and handed us a box stuffed to the gunnels! Sweet.
Can’t wait to play with these again, and come up with some new and unique designs – and send the proceeds off to World Vision and other charities. SRB fans are amazing in that regard! They really support the band’s efforts to give back and I love that about the fans. And about the band.
Comfort Dolls in the raw 🙂
So the other day I come home to this huge huge package sitting on my doorstep… and although I’m expecting things from my eBay orders none of them are any larger than a man’s wallet, so I’m stumped what it could be!
I look for a return address — nothing. So I open it up carefully and find a ton of paper on top, and start to pull it out.. only of find… a ton of comfort dolls!
But not just ordinary comfort doll.. nope.. these are ‘in the raw’. Unfinished. Unstuffed. No faces.. and so I start to look at them and notice that the variety of patterns and styles is quite amazing. Stocking stitch, checkerboard patterns and all sorts of interesting color combinations. Someone went to a lot of trouble to make each one unique in its own way.
Finally on the bottom of the package was a packing slip and… my brother sent it! Wow.. pretty cool. And impressive.. since I found out later that he learned to knit using Youtube videos in about a week! So my job now, stuff them all, sew them up and put cute little faces on them all! Some kids in Africa and other countries are going to be so happy. And if you knit or crochet you can find patterns HERE. Drops of Grace and Icross are always in need of dolls.
©Comfort Doll Project
Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch donated his bass strings to us a few weeks ago and we jumped in fast and furious to make bracelets and a few necklaces .. thanks to Chris re-tweeting our first tweet announcing the strings, we were inundated with people all wanting one! (fantastic!)
Couldn’t keep up at one point – the phone on my battery wore down trying to keep up with all the tweets haha.. the BEST kind of problem to have! Here is a small sampling of things we made with Chris’ 6 donated strings.
Lots of skulls 🙂 (Chris is the one glowering in the above photo.. his trademark look hah)
All told we were able to create 15 bracelets and a necklace from 6 strings! The fans were super supportive, and we raised a whopping $355.00 for World Vision. We asked fans on Twitter if we should do a little for many, or go ‘big’ and do something huge with the amount.. the overwhelming response was ‘go big or go home’ haha! SO..
We did the following:
- Stocked a medical clinic
- Immunized an entire community
- Lunches for 50 school kids for an entire month
- Support street children including a safe place to live, education etc
- Bought baby chicks for a family to raise for meat and breeding
- Soccer balls for kids to be kids!
Thanks so much to the fans who purchased the items, shared our posts and helped make this a huge success, and again to Chris’ assistant Brad for getting the strings to us, ands huge thanks to Chris Kael who’s motto is #PositivelyAffectingLives and who lives what he preaches!
We found out about Five Finger Death Punch through Papa Roach, and that they were coming to a town near us (along with two other bands in one huge concert).. so I started following them on Twitter and found that Chris Kael their bass player was #1 a super nice guy with a good sense of humour, #2 very active on social media, and #3 always looking for ways to give back.
We tweeted Chris just once, with a photo of one of the bracelets we made with Jerry Horton‘s (Papa Roach) guitar strings, and asked if he would be interested in donating strings – and he gave us a resounding “send me an address, I’d be more than willing to donate a pack to help out!” Messaged Chris, letting him know that we were actually going to the concert his band was going to be doing in a month or so, and arranged to get the strings that night.
The show was great. Loud! Energetic. Hectic. Amazing. Seeing Papa Roach play again (second time only) and then Five Finger Death Punch for the first time.. and the fans were pretty decent too which was great! After the show, we hooked up with Chris’ assistant Brad, who passed on a package of strings for us (thanks very much!) and we were all set! Can’t wait to see what we can create with these!