WHAT'S YOUR GIFT?

Cute Kids & a Good Cause

December 2, 2010, Posted by Mela at 12:40 PM

My kids amaze me.
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In just a day, they’ve crafted their way to being able to give a goat through World Vision. A day!
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And, that means I have a lot of you to thank for that. You’ve supported this little venture of theirs and I’m so grateful!
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I’ve learned if you put cute kids together with a good cause, it’s a major win.
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So, how did this all happen? Well, let’s just say it had something {ok, EVERYTHING} to do with my friends, Kim & Kris from The DIY Dish.

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Their 2-minute craft countdown on making fabric yo-yos, got this whole ball of yarn rolling {yes, only craft-themed puns need apply here}. Can you believe in all my years of crafting, sewing and quilting, I had never made one?!
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Well, my daughter watched the video with me and immediately asked if we could make one. I grabbed my fabric stash {okay, fabric bins, if I’m being honest}, needles, thread, scissors, buttons and so on. We made big ones and small ones and had fun pairing the fabrics together with the buttons.
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Then, I showed her how we could make cute fabric pins with a little fraying, folding and putting together {thank you, hot glue}. Soon, we had bunches of pretties for us and for gifts.
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My daughter liked making the yo-yos so much, we decided to take along our supplies on our way to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. Her 8-year old brother seemed intrigued as he watched her and immediately wanted in.
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I wasn’t sure how he’d handle a needle and thread, but he surprised me and it kept him busy, relatively quiet and STILL {HUGE accomplishment}. She gave him all the same instructions I had given her. I sat there smiling from ear to ear as I heard her choosing how to explain the process to him, and encouraging him along the way.
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Cut to Sunday night back at home. After dinner, I brought out the World Vision gift catalog so we could decide as a family which gift we’d like to give. The kids were excited to be able to give a goat or some ducks or maybe a few chickens. We talked about how each gift could help others and how blessed we are with our warm home, clean water, full pantry and fridge and toys galore.
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We talked about what our dollars could do, instead of get.
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Suddenly, the kids wanted to give more than they had funds for. I explained that they could possibly earn money doing a few jobs around the house or selling some of their toys. Then, my daughter had a light-bulb moment. She saw the yo-yos on the table and wondered if maybe they could sell them to their friends to earn the money.
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I said “Why not!” I would take some pictures, put them up on my site and let our friends & family know. I twittered & facebooked and a little over a day later, they earned enough for a goat. $75, people. That’s a lot of hairclips.
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And, they’re still selling more here. I’m so happy they’ve found something they like to do and can use it to help others. We’ll keep it going and see how many gifts they are able to give through World Vision this Christmas. Thanks, Kim & Kris for the inspiration and thanks to all of you who have supported this fundraiser or give gifts of your own to those in need. (WOW – as I was typing this post, I received an order from none other than Kim & Kris! – thank you so much!)
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sidenote: My 6-year old feels a bit left out, because I’m not so sure about him sewing, but he is helping choose buttons and keeping us entertained while we sit and craft. He loves to draw and has been working on letters and drawing pictures to go with them. Greg brought home some big paper he can work on.
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Here are a few of his masterpieces, which in this proud Mom’s opinion, are totally frame-worthy.
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a is for apple


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t is for tiger


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s is for stoplight


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i is for igloo


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e is for Earth

Currently have 9 Comments

  1. Way to go you guys!!

    And that tiger is adorable!

  2. Rachel says:

    Mela,

    That’s amazing!
    What gifted (in more ways than one) children you have!
    They’re so blessed to have you as their mom to guide them and help them and lead them

    xoxoxo

    • Mela says:

      Thanks so much, Rachel – I’m just thrilled they did this and it was received so well. They really enjoyed it and it made a big impact on them (and me).

  3. nancy says:

    I love these but most of all love the “cute kids” for their caring hearts. They have learned how powerful it is to use their gifts to help others. I don’t wear “pretties” in my hair but did add mine as a Christmas ornament on my memory wreath. Thank you Kamin Kids. You are awesome.

  4. We moved says:

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  5. [...] prayers and progress. We see their drawings. We get a glimpse into their lives so far away. . . Last year, both my daughter and my oldest son raised enough to partner with World Vision to purchase 2 goats [...]

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