Friday was the big fundraiser for the organization I volunteer for. The name of the organization is, Macomb Charitable Foundation. "MCF" was started and is still run by a very good friend of mine, Shelly. It is a totally non-profit organization and 100% of the funds that are raised go directly to the organization. "MCF" is very dear to my heart. It services children and families in need. Here in Michigan the economy is not doing well, every day it seems as if the media has more bad news. My own family has been hit by the down turn in the economy. It breaks my heart to see many of the families that we service, living in shelters or hotels that can be rented week to week. The children are the real victims, and I truly love being able to just bring a bit of happiness into their lives. Christmas is a busy time with the organization. Over 300 children will be sponsored by families who will purchase the items that these children have put on their Christmas list. WHAT A BLESSING....
The theme for the fundraiser last night was "Starry...Starry...Nights", and it was a big success. I think there were about 250 women and we had a wonderful evening raising funds for a GREAT cause. I decorated a christmas tree, that was in the raffle. I"ll post some pictures tomorrow. There was a Christmas Boutique, which had wonderful things that were donated by many generous and caring people. I donated a few of my crafted items and I thought I would share one of them with you.
A Christmas Fairy Jar
I got the tutorial from from Dawn at the Feathered Nest. I embellished it a bit different, and changed it to have a Christmas theme. I love the little snow fakes with glitter on them, which surround the little girl holding a sign saying "Merry Christmas". It's amazing what you can do with some unused canning jars that I had in a box in my pantry. Brown spray paint, my favorite gold paint (I couldn't do a project without using that), grosgrain ribbon and old buttons finish off the vintage look.
A little fairy saying was added to a hang tag that I distressed and stamped with an ink pad. No gift is complete with out a matching gift bag. That is something that is my signature. Every "Creation From My Heart" has to have it's own gift bag. I think it makes the gift twice as special.
Well the fairy jar and other items were snatched up at the boutique and now they sit in someone home to be be enjoyed. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to give from your heart, so that others can benefit from your talents. This Christmas season, take some time to help those less fortunate than yourself. The blessings that you will receive will be far greater than what you give! He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward him for what he has done.