The Safelight Project Update

The response to the Safelight project idea has just been incredible, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post. Thank you so much to everyone that has participated, with cards and donations for the gift bags.  I have begun assembling the bags, and want to show you were we are at this point.  A few days after the first post, I purchased the tote bags, removing the labels and opening them up all over the office floor.

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Taking what funds I had at the end of that week, I went to the stores and found lots of things to begin filling the bags. I got pretty hairbrushes with flower handles, hand lotion, facial peel off masks, perfumes, shower gels, scrubbies, and gel eye coolers.

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I found hair treatments, and neutral color eye shadows too.

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

I also did several hypoallergenic bags for those with perfume and fragrance sensitivities. At the thrift store (unbelievably!) there were some full size, brand new, Avon products for just $1 each – I bought them all!

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Then, like handing out trick-or-treat goodies, I began filling the bags with goodies.

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I want to publicly thank the donors, each and every 1/2 bag, whole bag and multiple bags sponsored made a difference. I won’t tell you who the two gold star donors are, but they donated $50 each to get this project well underway. With the mail from Friday, promises of checks yet to be received, and a couple of donations from the mis-post, the financial goal has been exceeded for the project!!  If any additional funds come in next week, I’ll put them to making up additional bags for future residents.

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.

I have responded personally to every donation I have received. If you see your name above, but you didn’t get an email from me, check your spam folder. If you made a donation, and you have not received an acknowledgement from me, and you don’t see your name above, I didn’t get it.  Sometimes the long email address doesn’t get transcribed exactly right, and you know how computers can be.  Let me know in an email or a comment if this is the case, and we’ll try to resolve it.

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I have to tell you all a quick story that just shows how wonderful people can be. While I was checking out at the Dollar store with over 100 items, a lady came up to stand behind me in line.  I apologized to her for holding her up as the checker had already begun before she got in line.  The checker was curious as to why I was buying multiples of so many things.  I told the checker about the project as she was ringing up the sale. When she told me the total, I felt a tap on my shoulder. The total stranger behind me was holding out a $20 bill, and said “I want to help you with that.” I was absolutely blown away. All she would tell me was that her first name was Lisa. So, Lisa, even though you may never see this, I am so grateful for your kindness.

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My friend Sam brought over boxes of items to add to the bags, toothbrushes and combs, nail files and razors, deodorant and soaps.  Each bag got two or three of each of these items, and there are still some left over that I’ll take with me to the shelter.  They can use some of these items for the kids, and the rest can be stored for future needs.

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The creativity in the cards coming in is just awesome. The first package from Lenora arrived just days after the Safelight Project post, and contained 16 unique cards with such creativity!

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Inside, Lenora put several different sentiments, all very inspiring! I really like how she signed her cards – ” A Friend You Haven’t Met!”

Lenora's cards 2

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Then, she used a great stamp for the outside of the envelopes and decorated those with stickers too.

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Gorgeous cards, here are a few more of her designs.

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I was inspired by her cards, and went to the stamping workbench to create a few more for the project. Remember my sunshine box from my friend Val? These daisies came from that box, and I hope they will bring that sunshine to the women. I stamped a bluebird of happiness on textured cardstock, and a Happiness Always greeting. The trim on the bottom is washi tape.

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I found the perfect sentiment stamp in the box of goodies given to me by reader Katie. Thanks again, Katie!  I signed the cards “Someone Who Cares.”

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On the back, this stamp was cute, and left my name off.

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I decorated the envelopes too.

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Then I stamped this design for another purpose, and made a second one for the Safelight bags.  Inside it has my sentiment from the first post on the project.

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Karen T. sent in products for the bags, some Mary Kay lip and eye crayons along with some makeup items. Thanks so much, Karen, these will add a lovely touch to some of the bags. I put them in the bags with the hypoallergenic items as those had fewer items per bag. I was able to find sensitive skin unscented shower gel and lotions, but no makeup items, and of course, no perfume. It really helped to balance out the bags so the scent free ones were just as fun as the rest.

Karen's Mary Kay donation

Danice made these lovely cards, using the sentiment from my post inside. Thank you, Danice, for blogging about the project as well! She sent an email that she is sending six more cards that should arrive next week too!

Danice's cards

Then, a dozen cards arrived from Carol L, beautifully done.

Carol's Cards 1

Each and every one has a unique, handwritten message inside. Truly stunning, and once again I was just blown away.

Carol's Cards 3

Carol's Cards 4

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Jennie’s cards arrived on Friday, how lovely!

Jennie's Cards

I love what she did inside too.

Jennie's Cards 2

The cards are truly the most important piece of this project and without your help, I’d be gluing my own fingers together by now. The inspirational messages will help these women so much, to feel better, to believe in themselves, and to have hope for the future. If you are counting, you’ll notice that we made the goal of 35 cards, but will be using a few more for the extra bags that can be done from the extra donations received.  Any additional cards received will be given to the shelter for future needs.  Here is one of the bag assortments after week one of shopping.  The roll of tissue contains a nail polish, wrapped to keep it from breaking in the bag.

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At the second trip to the stores, I found a pedicure set and got more nail polish so every bag has these items.

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Several of you have asked about sewing projects, and I do have a couple of things in mind. More cards will be appreciated for holidays coming in a few months. I will look around when I deliver the bags and see what may be needed or appreciated, and we can do another project later in the year.

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The drawings for the prizes will be in early August, with the winners notified by email. One question I got privately, but want to answer publicly is regarding the gift card prize. The MasterCard Gift Card prize is not being funded by donations, it is coming out of a points program I have on my personal credit card. So, all your donations, every penny, will go to the gift bags. I’ll draw a couple of days past the postmark date of August 1 so everyone has a chance. You get one entry for each card sent, and one entry for every $5 donation.

Stampin’ Up has provided this wonderful prize for someone making cards for the project.  Visit Stampin’ UP to find a demonstrator near you.  This company has the BEST stamping supplies!

So, that is where the project stands at this time.  It is almost complete!  I am still going to wait until August 1 to draw the prizes as I know of at least a couple of things still coming.  I’ll bring you another update when the delivery is made in early August.  Thank you all for your wonderful support of this project!

What do you think of our progress?  Update – Click HERE to see the completion and delivery of the bags.

20 thoughts on “The Safelight Project Update

  1. Rosemaryflower

    These cards and all of the contents ideas for the bags, just makes my heart full with love.
    I absolutely adore doing projects like this. I have done similar projects for my church, and also, Carly’s quilt shop Web Fabrics that is local to me. There really are so many opportunities to help others.
    I just read in our local paper that our hospital prepares packages for young single mom;s that deliver at the hospital. Tragic circumstance, but as with other things in life, we just can not look away.

    The cards that have been sent to you and created are just beautiful.
    I can imagine the happiness and hope this will bring

  2. Sam

    Carole, I have an idea of the time and effort you have put into this project, and then to see what others have given is truly beyond the pale. These cards are incredible and each one shows caring and compassion. I know they will bring hope to the women who received them. I cannot imagine how comforting it would be to be “down and out” and finding a card and goodies just for me representing the women who reached out to support me. What an outstanding group to show such generosity!!!!

  3. Pat Evans

    Very impressive: your efforts, the beautiful cards, the generous donors. What a wonderful project.

  4. karenfae

    what a great idea you have here and a very good project – if it wasn’t for fund raisers I am already involved in locally I would have helped with this one too. I’m glad you had so many participate!

  5. Melanie

    Fantastic progress, Carole! You are awesome!! The cards are beautifully made and donated, and your work at putting all these totes together is beyond wonderful. The recipients will be delighted and encouraged.

  6. Carol

    Carole this warms my heart to see all the goodies and especially all the cards!
    Thank you for your dedication and hard work you have put into this project!
    You will be truly blessed one day my Friend!!!

  7. I am sure this went way beyond your hopes, what a huge and wonderful response, and those bags will be a link to each person stepping forward in their life.The cards, when other goodies are all finished, the card is a constant reminder, you and all others are an inspiration to be admired and thanked so much.

  8. Lesley Gilbert

    So many wonderful cards made by so many talented makers – well done to to you and all your generous readers who helped to make this project such a wonderful event 🙂

  9. Totally awesome, Carole!! This was a great project and a worthwhile one! Everyone of these gals need to feel that they are loved, needed, and can use encouragement! Your cardmakers were very talented people. Not sure my cards would ever stand up to those. Maybe next time I will attempt cards as well. Everyone came together to make this a success!! What a great group of friends you have!

  10. dezertsuz

    The time and caring you have put into this project really shows. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  11. Cheryl Buchanan

    Somehow in keeping up with your busy schedule, I missed this one. I’m not entirely certain but I think I understand what this project is about and would love to participate the next time you work on this. Please keep me in the loop. Thanks.

  12. liz brown

    Im’ sorry I have been on vacation. Let me know if you need anything. I can do cards. What kind? Thanks. Lot of people are going to get great bags.

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