Our Goals for 2018! 3 Little Pigs

comfort doll project piglet world visionHope everyone had a great New Years and set some goals 🙂 We did too! Last year, you helped us raise just under $1000 dollars and we sent most of that to World Vision through their online Gift Catalog. We choose a variety of items including health, education, clean water, and disaster relief.

This year, we decided to set a few goals and are hoping you can help us reach those! Our first goal is to raise enough to ‘purchase’ Three Little Pigs via World Vision! This is the description from their Gift Catalog page:

Pigs are easy to raise and grow quickly. And one sow can produce as many as 20 piglets each year to sell at market. Gifts of livestock and agricultural products will also support programs that provide education in animal husbandry, and business skills to help families increase their income over the long-term so their children can have brighter futures.

Gifts of livestock and agricultural products also support and provide training and education in animal husbandry, agricultural production, market access and business skills to help families increase their income over the long-term so their children can have brighter futures.

3 Piglets require a one time donation of $120.00 and we know we can do this!

Once we reach this goal, we’ll choose another, and another, and see how far we can get in 2018 – we are excited! Donations will be raised through the sale of our guitar string bracelets, our Inspired Sayings bracelets and we are seriously considering doing the Comfort Doll photos again with our fav bands.

Thanks to everyone for the support and love you’ve shown us the last 12 years!

Year End Report for 2017

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Another year done and a new one started and as we all look back on the year we thought it would be good to give a report of sorts for our 2017 results.

Thanks to your ongoing support we were able to raise $985 this year through the sale of our guitar and bass string bracelets. We didn’t do as well as the past few years, due in part to personal obligations (selling our house and a massive move and renovations), but we still all did good- a lot of good! We still have quite a good collection of strings too that will be transformed into wearable mementos and sold throughout 2018!

We managed to send over 100 comfort dolls to the kids in Africa through Drops of Grace in 2017! Thanks so much to all the knitters who carry on with little fanfare- you guys are angels. This year’s goal is 200 and I know we can do it.

Our resolutions for the New Year include: updating this website more frequently – it’s so easy to get locked into Facebook and now Instagram, and forget about the site! But this is our home bass and we want to keep our history here first and foremost. Other resolutions include trying to post more broad ranged info on giving and philanthropy, and hitting harder on fundraising — our goal this year is $2000.00 for World Vision and Salvation Army/Food Banks during holiday cycles.

Thanks for your support both past and present and hope you have a 2018 filled with love and happiness!

Donna Mair
Comfort Doll Project

Nikki Sixx Strings!!

Can’t believe it! But yes .. we had 6 Nikki Sixx used bass strings in our possession for a short time! One of Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx Am) fans won the strings in a contest last year, and then was able to catch enough bass guitar picks at various Sixx Am shows over the year, to have the materials for us to create some one of a kind, stunning bass string bracelets. Red and silver with skulls of course!

The fan (who shall remain anonymous) wanted to surprise her ‘road trip’ friends (all Nikki Sixx fans too) with a keep sake of their trips to the concerts over the years; what better way than a wearable memento.

And the proceeds were donated to World Vision as well as the local food bank — a win win situation. Now we just gotta get Nikki to see these hehe.

This was a very VERY fun project!

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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings donate guitar strings

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have donated their used guitar strings and we are thrilled beyond pieces!

The band (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Tom Wilson) came to Kelowna for a concert, so we hit them up on Twitter to ask if they’d be interested in donating and they said yes. After the show, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson (also known for Lee Harvey Osmond project) were gracious and lovely and all smiles. Stephen had his strings ready but they were back stage so he said , “follow me,” and took us to the side stage table, handed them over and asked all sorts of questions about what we do. Buddy Tom Wilson was like a school kid wanting to hand them over, and cut them right off his just used guitar before winding them into a bundle for our eager little hands 🙂

The strings will be a lot of fun to work with – we might even make a bracelet or two with two strings – one from each artist! Stay tuned and follow us on our Twitter or Instagram where we post daily updates and many of our current bracelets.

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TOM freaking Cochrane donates strings!

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.

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