MFT Gives Back – Share Your Passion with Others

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We’re back again with another post in our MFT Gives Back series! We hope that you’ve been enjoying these little nudges to get you thinking about ways that you can give back. If you missed the first two, you can go back and read about ways to Show Compassion to Others and Celebrate Those Who Serve. What an absolute joy it is to share with others!

Blog reader Jill Norwood left this wonderful comment on our November 9th blog post, “This week I am remembering my pediatrician and their entire staff who are always there when the flu strikes or I need a form completed for the school or insurance. What a blessing it is to have wonderful wellness caregivers especially when you have a sick child!” What a wonderful tribute, Jill! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us what you are doing to give back.

MFT Gives Back - Share Your Passion

Our focus today is ways that we can Share Our Passion With Others.

We paper crafters are passionate people, aren’t we? What if we were able to share that passion with others?

If you’re anything like me, you have a surplus of crafting supplies in your craft area. From ribbons to buttons to decorative scissors, I bet you have a lot of fun things that are just gathering dust. Maybe there are stamps you don’t reach for any longer or 6 x 6 pads you’ve long neglected. I’m not gonna lie, I probably have enough 12 x 12 patterned paper to cover the inside (and out!) of the Taj Mahal!

Last week, a few of the My Favorite Things staff headed to MFT Founder Kim van der Sanden’s daughter Emma’s school to deliver a bunch of pretty pink bags filled to the brim with crafting supplies ranging from card stock, pencils, gelatos, make n take kits, ink pads, stamp sets, embellishments, ribbon, twine, candle wax, honey flakes for hand cream, tins, and wooden letters. Emma’s friends are pretty lucky. Her Girl Scout troop received some goodie bags, too!

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From the smiles on these girls’ faces, you can tell that they can’t WAIT to dig in and get creative! What a great feeling to share something with others that brings us such great joy.

We put our heads together and came up with a list of places where you might be able to share your extra supplies. You can see the list below, but if you want to print it to post in your craft area, we’ve provided a download HERE.

Craft Supplies Donations

Now it’s YOUR turn. Spend 15 minutes (or more or less) in your craft room/area/corner and fill a box or bag with things that you’re no longer using. Find a place that is willing to take it off your hands. It’s a win for EVERYONE! You’ve cleaned out a little allowing you to focus on what you DO use, and others benefit from the creative supplies that you have shared. We’d love to see the smiling faces of the recipients, so don’t forget to use #mftgivesback when you post on social media.

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Want even more ways to give back this month? Be sure to visit our friend Jennifer McGuire in her Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Here’s a little bit of information about it from Jennifer herself:

Part of the joy of creating a handmade card or gift is giving it to someone to brighten their day—a simple act of kindness that can have a lasting impact. To encourage these acts of kindness, I am hosting the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Throughout the month of November, I’ll be challenging you to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Whether you make a card, a note, or a treat… anything handmade counts. Each week there will be a new challenge on my website, as well as special guests, videos, giveaways, and more. I hope you will join me at jennifermcguireink.com and use the hashtag #sharehandmadekindess.

Can you think of other places to add to our list?

Enjoy the experience of giving back!

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Comments (22)

  • Lisa Haines

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    I have TOO Much and LOVE all these wonderful ideas! THANK YOU for sharing them with me! I plan to donate lots of goodies over the next few weeks/months…as soon as I finish my “Radiation” treatments and am feeling better!!! Hugz!!

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  • KellyJean Gettelfinger

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    A local Hospice is also a great place to give. I’ve teamed up with my hometown Hosparus of S. IN and have developed a Memory Album Program for Hospice recipients and their families. It’s so rewarding to know these albums and peoples’ donations of papercrafting supplies go toward making the last days of life worth living 🙂

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  • Theresa

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    My site, http://www.stampinwiththeresa.com, is basically referred to as “Stamping for a Cure.” My family and friends have suffered such tragedies driven with cancer. My husband and daughter so the 192 mile bicycle ride from Stubridge, MA to Provincetown, MA eash August. This ride is called the “PMC” http://www.pmc.org. PMC , in 36 years, has donated money from rider fees to Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimm Fund. 11/14/2015 is Gala night. We are hoping the 36 year today given to DFCI will reach half a billion dollars. I know the funds are important to DFCI, as they saved the life of my 34 year old daughter in law last year. All cards and other items I make go to PMC funding.

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  • Shari

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    What an amazing idea. My problem would be, I don’t have enough to give to everyone.. I’d feel bad for anyone that got left out.. heh I did learn there is a Library that lends out cake pans like books. I am going to see about donating all my shaped cake pans to them, since most of the kids are older now, and don’t really go for those type of cakes any more. Thanks so much for the great ideas. ♥

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  • Nancy

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    I just gave 2 huge piles of 12 x 12 paper & lots of unused ribbon reels to 2 local Girl Scout troops. I taught a paperbag album class at a leader’s only weekend in October. They wanted to go back & make them with their troops so I said I had lots of paper in my basement . I went home & went thru my stash and found paper that I never used and gave it to them.

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  • Carolyn

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    Thank you for inspiring me to give to my local Children’s hospital! I will be giving to CHOA here in Atlanta, GA

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  • Nancy Walker

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    Thanks for the nudge! I plan to get home from work tonight and purge my 12 x 12 stash of paper, some of which I have had since 1999! Really? ? Am I that clingy to my stuff? Well, yes, I have been. I am trying to de-clutter my life, and this will help immensely, with a benefit! My granddaughters’ school begged for cardstock earlier this year, and I supplied a lot to them that I had left over from my scrapbook teaching days. I could give them more from the printed cardstock and paper I have, and I bet they will find a use for it!

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  • Carole

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    I remember the first time I offered to give away supplies. It was several years ago and at the time I had a blog. Since then I love “purging” my craft room. Our local hospice runs a children’s camp and each year I have so much fun picking supplies to pass on to them. The local school art class is another favorite of mine. They love receiving and I love giving. I am always looking for other areas to share. Isn’t that what life is really about … loving, sharing, giving … oh my the rewards are endless!

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  • Jeanette Robertson

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    I give all my scraps smaller than an A2 card front to a friend and she makes amazing collages with them. I give all papers and cardstock, bling, etc. I haven’t used in a couple of years to an elementary school in my neighbourhood. The school budget has been slashed so much over the years that they have only pennies for art supplies.

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  • Sally

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    What a wonderful idea! As a former preschool teacher, I would have LOVED receiving donations like this!!!

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  • bev p

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    Don’t forget that not all schools are government schools. Try to find a local home school family, co-op, or organization that might be able to use some crafty goodness. Most home-school families are existing on one income and can really use the extra help with supplies. I feel blessed that I can contribute in this way. It feeds my love of all things crafty while decreasing the guilt, AND I feel good because I am giving. I get excited when I spot a really good sale and can purchase new things to donate (recently found large paint pallettes with six large tubes of acrylic paint for $4.00 on the clearance rack at Michael’s and snatched up 4 sets for the art teacher at my grand-kids’ coop because I knew she was teaching color theory this year!) Makes me happy!

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  • Mary Cash

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    I have been cleaning out my craft room for a couple of months…my hairdresser mentioned one day how much her daughter loved to craft so I decided to get some things together and give them to her. I thought I would get her off to a good start …I went to Michaels and bought suite case with a pretty pink Effiel tower background and. A tall plastic storag e container…I filled with plastic storage container with punches. Stickers, excess die cuts. old ink pads…some embossed images and a few other tools I no longe use….I filled the suite case with left over paper as well as a little new paper…some paper dolls I had stamped and some extra clothes for the dolls I had stamped on some pretty patterned papers….colors, glue sticks and other items I no longer use….I know she is going to be tickled pink cause my hairdresser said her daughter was cry crafty….she spend lots of hours with her treasures and I know she will enjoy them

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  • Conny

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    I gave a bag of craft supplies and gave it to a grandmother – who inturn will give it to her granddaughter – as a gift from me. She is only 8 years old. She lives in a small towm with no craftstores. She likes to make 3D-cards and such.

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  • Elaine Smith

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    Just today, I gave a bag full of stamps and colored pencils to a group of ladies in Mexico who recycle and make cards to sell to make money. The donation is through a church in Tucson.

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  • Anny W.

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    This is awesome, but would you know or have any address where we can send donations? Since i don’t know that many places in my area that will accept crafty donations nor i have the time to ask so i was wondering if you know any places/address where i can ship them?

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    • Jody Spiegelhoff

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      Check with your local Parks & Recreation dept. Our community has many programs that use community buildings through them such as Girl Scouts.

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  • Kris

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    I give my extra supplies to a local non-profit called We Care Arts. They provide art therapy experiences for physically, emotionally and mentally handicapped individuals.

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    • Lillian M

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      Kris, what a great idea ! I love the cause and the help and fun that they are giving these children, this is an excellent idea. There is none is my area, but this is why we have the Post Office. I will put together a box today and mail it out to them. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • kirsty Vittetoe

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    That is awesome! And I do that twice a year with my crafting stuff too, send them to the school near me. : )

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  • Michele F

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    Susan this is a wonderful idea … one I hope to put into fruition – how about all those cards we make for challenges/design teams? I have a box full! I’ll be sharing them with an assisted living center near-by. Thanks for your own generous, caring heart!
    =] Michele

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  • Diane

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    Such amazing generosity, you guys ROCK!!!

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  • Carol

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    Wonderful way to share our passion. I definitely agree we all accumulate more “stuff” than we are using! I don’t have pictures, but in the past I’ve donated supplies to an after school group, an assisted living residence, a day care facility, and Ronald McDonald House. I also coordinated some craft sessions at these facilities where I led both children and adults in making cards. It’s both fun and rewarding. Thank you, MFT, for all you are doing to help others.

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