2.24.2014

Rainbow Loom Project

Rainbow Loom Project Launch

Like most kids in the US right now, Lil O is a Rainbow Loom lover.  We have soooo many bracelets and other random Rainbow Loom objects floating around our house.  In efforts to give this hobby an outlet and to help others, Lil O and I thought, why not Rainbow Loom for a cause?

Thus, I contact my coaching friend, Julie, who is executive director of AHOPE - an organization that provides free assistance, housing, clothing, schooling, medical care, etc. to HIV+ orphans in Ethiopia. I asked her if the orphans had seen Rainbow Looms before.  She said probably no one in Africa has.

Hands and Rainbow Loom creations

AHOPE serves 213 orphans - kids and teens.  Many of them have lost their parents to AIDS.  All of the kids/teens were born HIV+.  At first, AHOPE was a hospice to provide a nurturing, comfortable setting for the orphans to transition with dignity.  Now, with all the medical advances, the orphans are living and thriving and becoming young adults!  AHOPE basically raises them at their nurturing AHOPE facilities - all expenses are paid from donations mostly from the US.


A heart made out of Rainbow Loom Creations

Today, Susan from Crafterhours, Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore, Jenny from The Southern Institute, and Stacy from Kids Stuff World are joining me to launch the Rainbow Loom Project to collect bracelets for all the kids and teens at AHOPE - it's time to spread the Rainbow Loom Love. Any extras could be shared in their Ethiopian community.  

Along with donating Rainbow Loom creations, families, please send in a monetary donation to AHOPE.  Julie said every single dollar counts, so any donation  $5, $10, $50, etc. will do.  

Ready to join us?  All the bracelets, creations, and checks (made out to AHOPE) should be sent directly to me, Jen Lara at Upcycled Education, PO Box 950, Savage, Maryland 20763 by March 15th. If you prefer to make a donation using your credit card, you can do so directly on AHOPE’s website. The graphic below is completely sharable.  Please right click, save it and post it to your Facebook feed, Instagram account or blog.  The more who join us, the merrier.  Also, tag your photos with #ahope, so we can keep spreading the Rainbow Loom + AHOPE love.


Sharable Rainbow Loom Project Graphic

Join us in the three-fold service project:  1) Give our US kids a place to direct their creative energies and be charitable.  2) Provide orphans at AHOPE a lovely, colorful connection to other kids/teens from the US.  3) Raise money for a cause that I know, trust, and provides much needed love/support/attention to kids in need.  And an added bonus, Julie and some AHOPE volunteers will be going to AHOPE in Ethiopia in April.  They bracelets will be hand delivered.

Yay for Rainbow Loom Love and AHOPE!


Jen


15 comments:

  1. Hi! I was wondering if you would be taking a second donation at a later date?

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    1. Hi Travis - Right now, we don't have another date or cycle planned. The AHOPE volunteers are going over in early April, which is why we have a mid-March due date. I did have several others non-profits contact me about running their own Rainbow Loom Projects, so I think there will be many more opportunities to donate RL creations. I do plan to blog about any new projects I hear about, so please subscribe by email or FB for any updates.

      Best,
      Jen

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  2. My daughter had a Rainbow loom party with her friends last night. Right now we have 53 bracelets to send to you. I am giving them a couple more days as some of the girls wanted to make more. They will be in the mail to you by the end of the week. Thank you for such a great idea! It was so nice to have a reason to get everyone together for the purpose of serving.

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    1. 53?! Rainbow Loom LOVERS! Yay! Can't wait to receive that lovely care package for the project. Please ask your daughter's friends' families to add in a check - any size - for AHOPE. Every dollar counts :)

      Tickled,
      Jen

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  3. We're getting ready to send ours off to you this weekend from Canada - hopefully they get to you by the end of next week! My daughter and her friends were very excited about this project!!

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  4. Andrea - Can't wait! I will do a Canadian dance when it arrives. Is there such a dance?

    :)
    Jen

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  5. Where can I purchase a rainbow loom?

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  6. The students at my school made 51 bracelets, and I mailed them just in the nick of time...USPS said delivery would be 3/15. I hope you got them!

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