Tuesday, November 8

craft 4 love

i had been planning this little event called craft 4 love for quite some time. my dad called it craft 4 life because every waking moment my mom and i were working on preparing the projects for it… craft 4 love, craft 4 life… whatever you may call it… it was all so worth it.

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i've told you all a little bit about LOVE146 before, an organization to prevent and abolish child sex trafficking. well, my husband and i started up a local task force for LOVE146. a task force is a group of 4-20 people who meet monthly and educate themselves on child sex trafficking, plan events to benefit LOVE146 and work on slave proofing our own communities. since our task force just kicked off in october i had to begin planning craft 4 love over the summer.

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name tags created with love by my sweet, sweet friend chelsea.

the day was like so: 9:30-4:00, delicious breakfast when you arrive, lunch catered by carrabba's italian grill (ahmazing), 50 women of all ages, 10 projects, me demonstrating and explaining each one, my friend and mentor pastor matt miller sharing about LOVE146 during lunch time, a whole bunch of fellowship, food, educating ourselves and also, three wonderful raffle bundles.

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display table of projects we were making, along with some of the supplies set out for the ladies.

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i couldn't have pulled this event off with out the help of my mom and my girlfriends who helped prepare all these projects, and without the handmade and blogging community. so many of you stepped up and donated supplies for our event. so many of you stepped up and donated beautiful items for our raffle. on behalf of temple baptist church and LOVE146, thank you!

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i am so happy to tell you that in one day we raised $1,740 for LOVE146.

the projects we made were:

book page and scrapbook paper bunting (our our creation)
paper accordion ornaments from stitch craft create magazine

raffle-y goodness:

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items from the raffle were donated by:


project supplies donated by:


please check out these shops. these women with hearts to support LOVE146 have totally blessed me out.

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in our favor bags were chocolate and truffles from park avenue confectionary, gluten free & vegan cookies from sugar mama bakeshop & chap stick from alabu soap. along with information on LOVE146 and how you can get involved, the business cards of all the women who donated to this event, stitched cards from oh write, and an individual photograph from katie lloyd photography for each woman.

my friend maryanne blogged about craft 4 love right here.

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‎"thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander." - Yehuda Bauer

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are you a bystander? want to know how to change it? want to be a voice in the effort to abolish child sex trafficking? contact me, contact LOVE146, start a task force, share their story.

martin luther king jr. said that, "justice at it's best is LOVE correcting everything that stands against LOVE".

19 comments:

  1. this looks amazing! i hope i didn't miss the request to donate towards the raffle. i SO WOULD HAVE!
    love you. amazing...wish i could've attended! xoxoxo!

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  2. wow! over $1700. amazing :)

    now you take a rest girl-- you deserve it!

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  3. What a huge success!
    Congrats.
    I would of loved to be at something like that!
    Wished I lived closer.

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  4. I absolutely LOVED this post, that day, and the amount you raised for love146!! Just amazing to me what people can do with the right motivation and our God in front of it all! Well done task force!

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  5. I'm obsessed with you. In a healthy way.

    Proud.

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  6. Love it Danielle!! So happy for you and all the hard work you put into making this happen - and all the other ladies hard work! I'm so excited to follow your journey with Love146!!

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  7. LOVE THIS! Great job Danielle, looks like it went off beautifully :)

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  8. Thank you for getting the awareness of Love146 out! My husband and I were looking for a place we could give that would go directly to the cause and I found Love146 through you! What an amazing organization! Beautiful way to help raise more support too! Thanks Danielle!

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  9. so glad your event was such a success!! praise the Lord :) you are amazing friend. xoxo!

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  10. Love the post- this was so much fun! We definitely need to make this a regular thing!

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  11. This was so much fun Danielle! It NEEDS to become a regular thing!!!

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  12. i am so glad it went well!
    you and your great big heart are the business. God is good!
    love you friend!!!

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  13. The photos of all this lovely people contributing to this great cause is heartwarming. I am so happy to hear about the amount of money that was raised, and thankful I was able to help out. Thank you for having such a caring and giving soul. XX

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  14. wow, danielle. what an amazing job you and your mother did with this event. keep up the WONDERFUL work!

    ~em
    talesforkarina.blogspot.com

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  15. how amazing! you are such a phenomenal women. i love that you are actually doing something to help in the fight agains sex trafficking! well done friend.

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  16. thank you again, danielle! it was an amazing day, in so many ways :)

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