So as you may remember from our last few blogs, we’ve been working on bracelets made from used guitar strings donated by guitar Jerry Horton from super group Papa Roach. Jerry was kind enough to send his strings after we chatted with him on Twitter, and we’ve finally been able to use them all! We’ve sent bracelets as far away as Russia and Poland!
We did four ‘lots’ of strings and raised a whopping $415 dollars! Even more whopping is the list of things we’ve been able to ‘purchase’ from World Vision’s gift catalog! They are:
supply a classroom (twice)
3 soccer balls
school lunches for 50 kids for a month
Medicines for 20 kids
text books for a classroom (twice)
Syrian emergency relief ($20)
Baby chicks (twice)
5 fruit trees
Many thanks to Jerry and the awesome Papa Roach fans who supported us!
Ever wondered what a Bed Net looked like? Here you go! Thanks to World Vision Canada for the photo… it was our founder’s Birthday a few days ago and in leu of gifts we asked people to do a random act of kindness or donate to World Vision or the local Food Bank. Our best friend Margaret from Wisconsin spent a lot of time in Pakistan as a missionary and had to deal with mosquitos for many years – but not Malaria thankfully, so she chose bed nets to donate in our name. What a cool thing to do.
$30 gets you 2 bed nets which can protect up to 4 children each! That’s 8 kids protected for less than the price of a cup of coffee daily for a month. Pretty slick.
We have a really cool Thank You letter from World Vision’s President, Dave Toycen, on behalf of The Trews and especially Trews Fans for the amazing results of our last charity auction! Our previous post will tell you about the auction and results but we wanted to share the letter with you all – YOU helped us do this. Thank you.
We turned a new chapter last year – our comfort doll photos were not as popular as in the previous 6 yrs and we’ve worked with nearly every major Canadian band so were looking for a new way to keep our charity project going. A friend sent us an idea – used guitar string bracelets! We googled, and there are many many out there! So.. we decided to give it a try.
The Trews were coming to play a summer festival near us, and so we contacted the band’s mgmt and ran the idea past them. They said yes and set it up for us, and the night of the concert, the band’s Tour Manager handed us a packet. Surprise! Not one set of strings but 4!!! Two full sets were from Colin’s blue and black Telecaster, one set from John-Angus’ Sunburst, and a fourth set we suspect they tossed in as a bonus! The strings were cut off the guitar (in a hurry perhaps, to add to our collection? ) Four sets!
We got busy making bracelets! Not wanting to waste any part of the leftover’s we also made a few pairs of earrings, a keychain and even a belt loop charm and a ring!
The auction was a smash success! The Trews mgmt and Fan Club helped tremendously by spreading around the link to the auction and it exceeded our wildest expectations… Thanks to the band, the mgmt and Especially the fans, the auction raised just under $1700 .. we were, and still are, completely staggered. We had a hard time using it all at the World Vision online Gift Catalog -have never had this much funding to work with! So.. this is the list of what we donated.
2 Hens and a Rooster (eggs for food and for selling)
4 mosquito nets to protect from malaria – this gift helps up to 16 children
3 soccer balls x 3! -kids often use plastic bags or rocks to play with – we wanted to provide some fun things too.
bicycle and repair kit – one bike can get a health care worker many miles in a day to visit those too sick to walk to the clinic.
Educate a Girl in Need x3 – Girls generally end up uneducated due to cost (the boys are educated first) so we wanted to help three girls go to school
HIV and AIDS Care Kit x 3 – a kit is all that’s needed to prevent HIV/Aids transmission from mother to child when the child passes through the birth canal.
Help Immunize a Community – big ticket item we were thrilled to include
Life-Saving Nutrition for a Child for 2 months -we chose two of this
Medicines for 10 children x2 – 20 children will get life saving or preventative meds
Restore a Child Soldier x 2 – The Trews support War Child and we thought this would be a good thing to do in their honor
School Feeding for 50 children x4 – we were able to feed 200 children for a month!
Stock a Medical Clinic x2 – everything needed to look after a community
Supply a Classroom x2 – paper, pencils, text books..
As we said, its staggering… the fans were amazing, and the fans support a band that gives back in so many ways (which is why the fans do as well). Thanks to all.
Our last auction of 2010 was really cool! The auction featured the lovely Bif Naked with a comfort doll that we gave a really wild spikey hairdo when we knitted it.. sort of to match Bif’s own wild spikey hair that she sported after it grew out from her chemo sessions. Knowing that Bif has a weakness for bubble gum (as per her twitter tweets) we chose bubble gum pink for the doll’s shirt and sent it off… within short order, we were sent two lovely photos of Bif by her mgmt people.
A few weeks later, we heard that Bif was coming near our town for a show, bought tickets (our first time seeing the lovely Ms Naked live) and contacted her mgmt to ask about having the photos autographed at the show. They said yes, and so it was arranged (she did a meet and greet of sorts with most of the audience after the show). While at the show, we scooped a poster (with permission from the venue staff) and took it home until auction time. One auction package included an autographed photo of Bif with the poster, the other package was the second autographed photo along with a copy of Bif’s new cd, The Promise.
We decided to combine a few items in this last auction – items that have been kicking around for awhile… waiting for the right time to auction them off… included with Bif’s items were pictures and swag from The Trews as well as The Mudmen.
To date, thanks to the undying support of our friends, fans, followers and the generous artists, bands & mgmt we have worked with, Comfort Doll Project has raised a staggering $10, 543.00 for charities including World Vision, Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army and local Food Banks. We are nothing without you!
WE NEED DOLLS!
Drops of Grace and ICross Canada are always in need of comfort dolls! You can find patterns HERE!
Once you have a few, you can send to ICross, or email us at comfortdollproject @ gmail.com for info about Drops of Grace. Many thanks!