I want to share a quick story with you that will make you feel good. So good, in fact, that I hope it inspires you to consider following her lead...
Shirlee Fagan has many loves, but two of her favorites are card making and animals. Shirlee is a prolific card maker, who regularly creates beautiful cards at local classes and on her own. She says, "I quickly became addicted to card making and loved doing it so much that I soon had tons of cards." Making cards makes her happy and she estimates she can spend 4-5 hours per day creating! Everyone knows what a wonderful card maker Shirlee is and has many admirers around the small, close-knit town she lives in. It's the topic of many conversations during her visits to the nail or beauty salon.
What does one do with tons of handmade cards? If you're Shirlee, you come up with a charitable idea that allows you to share your cards with folks who love them (and who love to give them to their friends and families) by selling them in local businesses! The owners of these businesses encouraged Shirlee to bring a basket with her handmade cards, plus a collection envelope for cash and checks (it's all on the honor system). You might wonder, is Shirlee getting rich off of her card sales? Heavens no, she's giving every penny to the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary! The businesses who sell her cards don't take a percentage of the sales, and customers happily pay for these beautiful cards, because Shirlee donates everything to a good cause. And, her charity doesn't stop there. She also sells her cards at her women's club and donates the sales to their treasury.
When asked if she had any advice for others to help them get started she said, "Contact businesses you frequent to see if they're willing to join you in your good work." She added, "If you donate all the money like I do, they may not take a percentage. Donating to a local cause is good because people like to support their own town."
I say, "Bravo, Shirlee!" for the good work you're doing for animals! Do you know of anyone who's turning their paper crafting passion into a charitable good work? It just makes my heart happy to know what a supportive, collaborative community paper crafting is!