One of the reasons I love this time of year is because we all seem to stop and think a little bit more. We get outside of our own little box and think of others, we become more thankful for what we have, and we try to help. It is a time to be a little more selfless, a time to reach out, a time to love our fellow neighbor.
When I came across Create H.O.P.E. Designs about a month ago, I was blown away by what these incredible women were pulling together to do. Designers we all look up to such as Izzy & Ivy Designs, Fishsticks Designs, Hopeful Threads, and Lily Bird Studios, just to name a few, have combined their forces to help children all over the world, and quite literally – Create H.O.P.E.
What is Create H.O.P.E.?
O…Orphaned No More
P…Patterns With Purpose
E…Even the Least of These
A little bit from their ‘About Me’ Page…
Create H.O.P.E Designs is an organization that was started in September of 2011 by a group of women with a collective desire to make a difference with their talents. It was obvious what could be done, we all shared something in common, we are designers. We are a collection of artists selling our patterns to those crafter’s in the world that share our need to beautify our surroundings. It was with this goal in mind that Create H.O.P.E Designs or Create H.O.P.E was launched. Our goal is to provide beautiful patterns or tutorials for a very affordable price. All of the designs are down-loadable PDF files, ensuring that Create H.O.P.E will operate overhead-free. 100% of all funds generated will benefit designated foundations serving orphans and their communities.
Create H.O.P.E will benefit children from all corners of the world. Every four months a new collection of patterns or tutorials will be released benefiting a particular foundation working with orphans. The patterns released for that foundation will always benefit that foundation, ensuring continued support from crafters around the world.
It is estimated that there are approximately *143 to 210 MILLION orphans worldwide. The approximate population of the US is 300 million, does that put this issue in perspective? Everyday 5,760 children become orphans, these children are orphaned for many reasons, poverty, disease, war and government regulations of family size. Sadly, every 2.2 seconds another orphan “ages out” with no family or home, making them vulnerable to abuse, prostitution, becoming child soldiers, and suicide. Orphans literally are the most vulnerable part of any society. In Africa, every 15 seconds a child becomes and orphan because of the AIDS epidemic. Orphans have no family, voice, or ability to control what life hands to them. It is our desire to aid those that are trying to make a difference without simply asking for money with nothing in return. It only takes a little from everyone to make big differences. We can talk about statistics all day, but the important thing to remember is that EVERY orphan is an innocent child, a living, breathing precious child.
* UNICEF 2011 report
Naturally, I have a soft spot in my heart for children. There are so many that go without, so many that could use a loving home, and so many who’s only Christmas wish is to have a family. With 100% of the proceeds going to the designated Orphanage, how can we not help?
Each pattern costs only $5, and are professionally created by some of the most talented Designers in the industry. Here is just an example of what you will find when you visit their Shop…
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I had the opportunity to work with the Lucy’s Little Flower Tunic and Dress pattern by Izzy & Ivy Designs, and I can tell you first hand it was fantastic! Quick and easy to put together, with absolutely fantastic results…
So, how can YOU help???
Here are just a few ideas…
- Head on over to Create H.O.P.E. Designs shop HERE and buy a pattern (or 2 or 3!!!).
- Share the site with your friends and family, with Social Media it is easy to give H.O.P.E. a shout out via Facebook or Twitter!
- Have a blog? Host a sew-along using one of the Create H.O.P.E. designs!
- Become a designer for Create H.O.P.E., more on that can be found HERE.
- Grab the Create H.O.P.E. button and put it on your sidebar, get the word out!
- And for those of you who feel super led to go the extra mile, donate or hold a fundraiser!
Every little bit helps! And in the words of Create H.O.P.E.,
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…