Yesterday was a fun day as we packed up the goodie bags and made the delivery to Safelight. For those new to the project, 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. These bags provide much needed support for residents who are going through a terrible time in their lives, betrayed by someone they loved, fleeing abusive situations with their children and many times virtually nothing else. These bags are filled with special items, to help someone feel like someone cares for them. The project wouldn’t be possible without the support of readers, and I want to thank you all again for your help! I got some organizing done, laying out the cosmetic bags on a large cardboard foldout laid on the longarm. I set out 60 sets, placed the tissue covers with them and started in matching the sunglasses colors to the cases.
Then I placed nail polish, emery boards and lipsticks with the sets.
At this stage, I had the longarm full, with the bags to one side, and the goodies on the cardboard top.
It filled up the backside of the longarm, too!
Sam went to work on these, putting the sunglasses into the cases, filling the cosmetic bags with those items, then placing the cases and tissue covers in a bag. She then handed the bag over to me, and I added the other items off the table.
Each bag got two cards, hand lotion, pedicure kit, lipstick and nail polish, emery boards and a new hairbrush along with hair treatment, new sunglasses, and most got an extra travel size goodie in their cases too. Adding those items to the sewn cases and tissue covers makes a nice gift.
We tried to match the color of the canvas bag handles to the sewn cases inside, also picking similar colors for the hair brushes and the pedicure kits. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry.
The last thing in the bag is a piece of glittery tissue paper, to hide the items inside and make it more like opening a gift.
Two men’s bags were done as well, I packed those a while ago and showed them to you on a previous update.
So, we started in filling bags…
and more bags…
and more bags. At this point, Dear Darling Husband came down to the basement and began carrying all these bags upstairs to pack the car.
The trunk was full…
and so was the back seat and floorboard.
Shelter Director, Kristen Goossens (on the left) met us with a cart and helped transfer the bags. Sam is next to her, then me, then Kat Nevel, Resale Store Manager.
Kat got a box of the extra case sets for sale in the thrift shop boutique. She says they are a big hit with customers as they are so well made, and she loves that we have extras for her to sell. I pin the sets together with a safety pin, and attach a label saying they are made by readers of my blog and all proceeds are donated directly to Safelight.
So here we are, delivery made!! One of the case managers took the photo for me, and I am sorry but I didn’t write down her name.
Kristen, myself, Sam and Kat want all of you to know how much we appreciate your help and donations!!
These bags won’t last a year as the need is ongoing and unfortunately increasing. I have enough cases, cards and extra goodies to do another 10 bags later when they start to run low. I plan on doing it again next year around April, so you can start sewing! If you are just finding me, please follow by email or blog reader, just see the sidebar for ways to follow so you won’t miss the fun coming up or next year’s project. This project wouldn’t be possible without donations from readers like you.
Give yourselves a round of applause!! Thank you!