Happy New Year Friends! I cannot believe we are already in 2015! I just wanted to thank you for being a part of this journey and wish you a wonderful year full of happiness, love, and laughter! I also wanted to reflect on what we were able to accomplish together in 2014. Part of the reason I started Atiliay and began making cards for a cause was because I strongly believe that if everyone does a little bit and we combine our efforts, we can make a strong impact! With every card or paper goods product each person purchases, we are raising funds together to help support the work of several non-profits and the truly life-saving and life-changing work that they do.
Here are some of the highlights from 2014!
…raised 14,621 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool and Nursery!
The EEC Preschool and Nursery is located in South Africa and I began sponsoring the center through Food4Africa, after meeting the team on a TOMS shoe drop back in November of 2007. Their work providing nutritious meals to babies and toddlers to give them a good start in life has a very special place in my heart and it has been so rewarding to share and support their work with you! Atiliay’s 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Cards For A Cause Campaigns is coming up this February! Each card provides meals that will be donated to Food4Africa to feed the 60 children who attend The EEC. If you’d like to know when the campaign launches, sign up for Atiliay’s newsletter or follow on social media for all the updates!
…funded 2 more Kiva microloans!
The awesome thing about Kiva loans is that they continue to give and give and give! Once a loan is repaid that money will go towards another loan and the cycle keeps on going! The Father’s Day Cards For A Cause Campaign goes towards Kiva loans and we lent to two Fathers trying to improve and expand their businesses to provide for their families and secure a good future for their children- Ali in Lebanon who sells fruits and vegetables and Path in Cambodia who is a cassava farmer. During Father’s Day of 2015, Atiliay will be raising funds for another loan and we will also use what we have been paid back as well- I am hoping to be able to fund 3 loans this year!
…raised 490 meals for FeedingAmerica.org!
We raised 240 meals from the Thanksgiving Cards For A Cause and 250 meals from Winter Holidays Cards For A Cause for FeedingAmerica.org! Feeding America works with local food banks throughout the country to provide meals to children, the elderly, families, and anyone who is facing hunger. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry– which is something 1 in 6 Americans struggles with– through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Food is such a big part of the holidays and it’s nice to share some of what we have with others!
…raised $1167.88 for Made By Survivors to fight against human trafficking!
Through The Relevee Benefit we were able to raise funds and awareness about human trafficking! It was really amazing and wonderful to connect with so many creative folks who felt just as passionately as I did about taking a stand against human trafficking and help survivors rebuild and take back their lives. Made By Survivors fights human trafficking, specifically sexual slavery, in several ways- they rescue and shelter those who are currently enslaved, they educate those who have been rescued as well as children of survivors, they provide job training and employment, and they work with survivors to ensure they are free forever. Founder Sarah Symon’s story and passion to help those affected by human trafficking is so inspiring– I highly recommend her book, This Is No Ordinary Joy which details her journey with MBS.
In addition to the highlights above, Atiliay also supported Freely In Hope, Room To Read, The Lange Foundation, Knots of Love, Peace of Heart Choir, The Gentle Barn, Schools for Salone, Red Bucket Equine Rescue, Hands Producing Hope, and All The Arts For All The Kids. I hope that in 2015 Atiliay can make a bigger impact and donation to these organizations!
I look forward to creating, supporting, and giving throughout the next 12 months and can’t wait to share all of it with you!