The Safelight Project with chances for you to win!

Recently I had a very nice conversation via email with a lady named Laresa about our local women’s shelter and crisis intervention services.  Safelight incorporates many services for domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims providing counseling, case management, court advocacy, support groups and job training under one umbrella organization.  One of their services, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence has undergone some changes in the past year.  I had a few small items I could donate to the women at the shelter, but the more I thought about this, the more I came to realize how meaningless my little gesture would be.  So, I have hatched a plan.  Here is where you come in, dear reader, I cannot do what I have in mind by myself.  I need your help.  There are two ways for you to help plus you’ll have an opportunity to win some great prizes by helping me to provide gift bags like these to 35 residents.

Safelight Project Gift Bag

First, I’d like to invite my stamping and card making readers to make some cards of encouragement and support for these ladies. Something that says “you are worth it”. Cards that are heartening and supportive. Make several in the same design, or use different designs, it is up to you.

A Little Something Card at From My Carolina Home

The only request is to keep them uplifting in tone, and not to use a religious theme as there are many different religions represented in the residents, and we won’t know who is getting what.  Inside the card you can hand write, stamp, or use your computer to make an uplifting message.  You could copy a poem, make up your own sentiment, or say something like this on the inside (feel free to copy this if you like) –

“As you go through this time of change,
know that you are important and valued.
You deserve to be happy and safe.
Good luck with your future plans.”

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Sign the card as you like – either “A friend who cares” or something similar, your first name or whatever you are comfortable signing.  Mail your completed cards to me with an envelope for each one addressed only as “For You”.  At least 35 cards are needed for now, and any additional will be saved for future residents, as (unfortunately) there are new residents regularly.  You can look to the designs on this post for inspiration, and for even more inspiration, see the blogs of two stamping friends who have graciously agreed to show designs and ideas for this event.

Start Where You Are designed by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings

Heather’s blog, Heather’s Creative Blessings has some wonderful ideas, and is posting today for this event. She does beautiful cards of encouragement every month.   Her ideas are just so perfect for this purpose, check out her post today –“You Are Worth It”.  You can click on the card above and the ones below for her individual posts on these uplifting messages.

You Are Capable of More Than You Know by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings   NeverGiveUP

Then check out Heidi’s blog for her post today for the Safelight project – My Little Stamping Blog. Heidi has so many wonderful ideas, and is also helping to spread the word for this charity event. Here is one of her cards, One Sip At A Time, click on the picture to see her post on this inspirational card.

One Sip at a Time designed by Heidi at My Little Stamping Bloc

Floral card

If you are not a stamper, you can still be a part of this project.  I need 70 sponsors to fund the cost of one-half of one bag and all the goodies inside.  That will be $5 per bag, with each bag having 2 sponsors.  This will purchase a reusable tote bag plus 8-9 full size items for inside such as nice hand lotion, mud mask, hair treatment, nail polish, a book or a puzzle, bath gel, new hairbrush, makeup, lip gloss and similar items as available.  See the picture at the top of the post for an idea of what they will look like.  Think of as a day spa in a tote, something to pamper these brave women who have taken an important step to independence, while giving them a bit of encouragement.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

For every bag sponsored and card sent in, you will be entered into drawings for some wonderful prizes!!

First up, for everyone sending handmade cards in the USA, you’ll get one entry per card for this spectacular set of cardmaking supplies from Stampin UP!  Thanks so much to Rachel at the Stampin’ Up corporate office for providing this fantastic prize!   Click on the link to find a Stampin UP! demonstrator near you.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit contains –
* Folded card sizes: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 cm x 14 cm), 3-1/2″ x 5″ (8.9 cm x 12.7 cm), 3″ x 3″ (7.2 cm x 7.2 cm)
* Includes set of 15 photopolymer stamps, clear stamp block, 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes, giftable kraft box, die-cut accents, Stampin’ Spot, Baker’s Twine, washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Makes 20 cards–2 each of 10 designs–using the included Soft Sayings Stamp Set

All those sponsoring a half-bag, and international card making participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 MasterCard gift card  so you can spend it anywhere, provided by From My Carolina Home.  Sponsor a whole bag and get two entries!  So everyone has a chance to win!

The deadline for entering via sponsorship or card making is August 1st. 

At that point, I’ll do the drawings, complete the bags and deliver them.

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

You can sponsor in two different ways, if you use Paypal, you can send your donation to my email {frommycarolinahome (at) gmail dot com} using the send money to a friend option.  If you are not a Paypal user, you can mail a check made out to me to my address.  Sponsor half a bag at $5, or a whole bag at $10, any help is appreciated.

Address to send cards or donations –
Safelight Project
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Can you help with this project for Safelight to encourage women who are changing their lives?

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

21 thoughts on “The Safelight Project with chances for you to win!

  1. Carol

    What a wonderful & caring idea Carole! This time of the year every year our church host 12 ladies from a shelter for a week called Room In The Inn. We provide everything they need & I am very active in this or I would be glad to help you.
    We are currently hosting them this week at our church.
    Hope you are doing well.

  2. Wow, love the sayings on those cards! My daughter recently did such a card shower for women in Malaysia, 75 cards, with the help of her friends. Nice you can give these local women special bags, too.

  3. Thank you so much for organizing this! I am so pleased to be a part of it and to make a small difference in the lives of women who are going through trials.

  4. dezertsuz

    What a wonderful and generous idea for you. The women can’t help but feel loved, and for most of them, if not all, that might be the first time in years.

  5. Thanks for all your efforts to help these women. This is my life’s work in Canada and I’m so touched that you are reaching out to support the women in your community. Money coming your way via Paypal!

  6. AnnieQuilts

    I know your intentions are good, but please don’t call an individual contribution a “meaningless little gesture.” I don’t mean that as criticism, but as support for all the people who make small contributions. Even if you can’t see them all at the same time, they do add up to a big contribution without publicity. I can’t add to your project because I help locally.

    Good luck with your project!

  7. Mary Crawford

    How kind of you to organize this cause for others. Just sent a donation via PayPal. Hope it comes thru.

  8. Pat Evans

    Great project. If your card makers need some ideas for positive statements, they should visit Bonnie Hunter at and check out her daily Quiltville quote. She has a tab at the top of the blog that lists them all. Lots of positive affirmations there.
    I’ll send you a donation, by PayPal if I can get signed up or a check otherwise. Thanks for all that you do for others.

  9. Carole, what a wonderful idea. I will be sending you a donation for two bags through PayPal. You are such a caring, sweet person to help these gals out and I’m happy to be a part of it. Debbie

  10. catsandroses

    Great post, awesome cause! Will gladly be sending a donation by mail this week. Thanks for making us aware of this need!

  11. Rosemaryflower

    This is such a great community effort to volunteer for. I love making these bags and providing clothing for Loudoun Abused Womens Shelter. Contributing to betterment of others and donating locally is such a great way to get involved in our very own citizens
    Nice cards too Carole

  12. What a wonderful project! I don’t do stamping (I have more that enough trouble staying focused on started quilting projects!) but will send a donation thru PayPal tomorrow. @susansquiltstudio

  13. Melanie

    What a very important and wonderful project! Yes, I will participate from afar….unfortunately shelters are needed everywhere, but we can encourage those brave enough to flee from abuse.

  14. Christine

    Hi Carole, this is a wonderful thing you are doing. I have paid to sponsor 2 bags. Women and families in this situation are in desperate need of something positive, something that shows people really do care. Thank you for your time and effort.

  15. Phyllis Smith

    Wonderful idea!

    I’m not into the stamping verses but I just might have some things you might be able to use. I’m in the process of going through my crafting books and supplies to get rid of. I need to clean out my double car garage area that I have used as my craft room and stored so much so my son can have that area for his living area. I don’t have a lot of the things you need for the bags but I’m sure I have a lot of other stuff you might want for projects to help others. Things of this nature don’t sell at yard sales cause most women now a days just don’t want to learn how to do hand work and they just don’t know what they are missing and someday they will regret not knowing, these days are going to come back!
    Your friend, Phyllis

  16. Jennifer Rauch

    Making cards this week with the group I told you about – will make some now & later with some of their inspiration!

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