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The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

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The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

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The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

Cyndy's cards 1

I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

Cyndy's cards 3

Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

Heather's cards 1

Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

Heather's cards 3

More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

Cindi in Fl's cards 1

Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

Cindi in Fl's cards 2

My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

Safelight Project Gails cards

A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

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So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

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So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

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Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

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Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

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While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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21 thoughts on “The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

  1. What an absolute success! What lovely cards, what generous monetary donors and wonderful donations! Great job with this project, it is wonderful to see how it all turned out! Great job!

  2. Great work. Well done to everyone who helped. A very nice gesture

  3. Wow! Carole, thank you so much for making it possible for us to help!

  4. Wow! Great job, the cards are beautiful and you have some awesome helpers!

  5. Good morning Carole,
    What a wonderful thing to do for others, sharing gives one such a terrific feeling and blesses both giver and receiver. Would have made some cards but I never got into that, thought it was too expensive plus I don’t have the room to spread something like that out to work with. The next time you do something like that I can send you some money to help towards buying some of the necessary items that we all need and always seem to forget to pick up when we’re out shopping. Share a smile at somebody today and have a great day.
    Phyllis

  6. Where is Safelight lcated in H’ville? You mentioned sewing items (fabric, threads, etc.) Would love to share my excess-es there. Thanks!

  7. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work in putting it all together and making the delivery–such a worthy project! Hugs, m

  8. What beautiful cards. Keepsakes for sure. Thank you for organizing the project. I was happy to be able to contribute. These are the kind of efforts that rarely are publicized, but are sorely needed.
    Pat

  9. What a thoughtful and compassionate project you undertook! If you do this again, please post where or how we can donate a monetary gift.

  10. How very, very cool. Congrats on such a fantastic success!

  11. Goodies that are not just the basic, so thoughtful. And at the end, a card to keep forever. This has been a huge project, and you can be so proud, happy, and thankful for all who contributed, made, posted or donated. It is the behind-the-scenes hours that so many do not realise takes place, and it all just doesn’t happen by itself.

  12. BRAVO Carole! Well done, showers of blessings fell on these ladies, thank you for facilitating this so splendidly!

  13. Wonderful update and such a worthy cause!

  14. Carole, This was such a delight to watch come together. Your time and thoughtfulness was matched by you blog followers (!!) and I think each one of us felt really good about being able to participate in supporting other women down on their luck. Thank you for making this happen.

  15. Awesome! It’s the only way to describe this project and post!

  16. Ohhh, what a happy ending! So glad for these women. And thank you for the drawing!!! A big surprise!

  17. Fantastic and well done everyone involved!! Great to spread so much happiness.

  18. So glad this event was so successful. Congrats to the prize winners. It was so wonderful to participate in this worthy cause.

  19. Carole – what a wonderful way to send encouragement to women who may be experiencing the worst of times. You are an excellent organizer. The beautiful cards sent in are show stoppers. I am sorry I was unable to participate, but enjoyed reading about the project and seeing the results! Congrats to the winners and nice incentives!

  20. Sorry I could not help with this, but if you have another program that needs help, let me know. You got a great response. Thank you for helping those ladies.

  21. This is fabulous! All of us have compassionate hearts, but it takes someone like you to organize us to do something. You have given us an opportunity to be better than we usually are. Thank you.

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