The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

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The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

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I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

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Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

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Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

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More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

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Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

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My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

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A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

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.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

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So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

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Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

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While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!

23 thoughts on “The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

  1. What an absolute success! What lovely cards, what generous monetary donors and wonderful donations! Great job with this project, it is wonderful to see how it all turned out! Great job!

  2. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning Carole,
    What a wonderful thing to do for others, sharing gives one such a terrific feeling and blesses both giver and receiver. Would have made some cards but I never got into that, thought it was too expensive plus I don’t have the room to spread something like that out to work with. The next time you do something like that I can send you some money to help towards buying some of the necessary items that we all need and always seem to forget to pick up when we’re out shopping. Share a smile at somebody today and have a great day.

  3. Melanie

    Congratulations and thank you for your hard work in putting it all together and making the delivery–such a worthy project! Hugs, m

  4. Pat Evans

    What beautiful cards. Keepsakes for sure. Thank you for organizing the project. I was happy to be able to contribute. These are the kind of efforts that rarely are publicized, but are sorely needed.

  5. Shirley

    What a thoughtful and compassionate project you undertook! If you do this again, please post where or how we can donate a monetary gift.

  6. Goodies that are not just the basic, so thoughtful. And at the end, a card to keep forever. This has been a huge project, and you can be so proud, happy, and thankful for all who contributed, made, posted or donated. It is the behind-the-scenes hours that so many do not realise takes place, and it all just doesn’t happen by itself.

  7. manasotavacation

    Carole, This was such a delight to watch come together. Your time and thoughtfulness was matched by you blog followers (!!) and I think each one of us felt really good about being able to participate in supporting other women down on their luck. Thank you for making this happen.

  8. Carole – what a wonderful way to send encouragement to women who may be experiencing the worst of times. You are an excellent organizer. The beautiful cards sent in are show stoppers. I am sorry I was unable to participate, but enjoyed reading about the project and seeing the results! Congrats to the winners and nice incentives!

  9. liz brown

    Sorry I could not help with this, but if you have another program that needs help, let me know. You got a great response. Thank you for helping those ladies.

  10. dezertsuz

    This is fabulous! All of us have compassionate hearts, but it takes someone like you to organize us to do something. You have given us an opportunity to be better than we usually are. Thank you.

  11. Laresa Griffin

    Hi, everyone! I’m Laresa, Director of Development for Safelight. I just wanted to post a note to you all, thanking you for your generosity with this project. The bags full of gifts and cards have been meaningful and fun surprises for our clients and they extend their gratitude to you all. Carole, thank you for coordinating this project and for all the time you have put into making it so wonderful.
    I saw a few comments asking where Safelight is and how people can help, so I thought I would post some answers here, too. We are located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Church Street in downtown Hendersonville. Our Safelight Resale Store donation door is on Church Street, just before the intersection. Donations of gently used items are accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. The store itself is open 10am-4pm, Monday through Saturday.
    Come see us sometime for breakfast or lunch at our job training restaurant, Dandelion! It’s just beside the store and offices at 127 Fifth Avenue West. We’re open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Delicious, fresh food served with lots of smiles! Plus, every penny from the restaurant goes right back into the job training program. “Eat well, give hope,” as we like to say!
    Of course, we certainly appreciate monetary gifts to maintain our many programs for clients who have been affected by interpersonal violence. You can mail checks to Safelight, 133 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or give online at our website:
    If you are in the area, we would love to have you attend our next event, “Night of the Child,” a benefit for Safelight to help prevent and treat child abuse. It’s Saturday, September 9 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville. Tickets are available at or call 828-693-3840.
    Again, thank you all so much for your love in action for our clients!

  12. Cindi Walsh

    I’m just now seeing this. Thank you for posting the pictures, and of course, thanks again for choosing me as the Stampin Up prize winner! You did a wonderful job coordinating this project. I can see the shelter was happy to receive the bags.

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