Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2009 Mothers Without Borders Boutique

Mothers Without Borders 2009 Boutique The kids are in school, the temperature is dropping and it's time to think about what you can make for the fund-raising boutique for Mothers Without Borders. MWB is a non-profit organization that is committed to supporting programs that offer sustainable, long-term solutions to the global orphan crisis. More than 36 million children under 15 are orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa today and every 14 seconds, a child is orphaned as a result of AIDS.
This wonderful non-profit organization was started back in the 1990s by Kathy Headlee after she adopted a daughter from Romania.
The organization works to help children in crises all over the world.

We would like to collect as many craft items or donations for the MWB botique that will be held on November 6th and 7th at the Chantilly Mansion in Layton, Utah and at Mellor Hidden Meadows Reception Center in Lehi, Utah. The boutique has raised thousands of dollars for the orphans of Zambia. This 2 day event features handmade items that are donated as well as beautiful treasures made by the orphans, vulnerable women, and craftsman of Zambia.The word is spreading. Come and be a part of this tidal wave of caring. It is good medicine for the soul.

The following items are things that sale well at the boutique:
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Decor Items
  • Home decor items - including the popular vinyl lettering trend
  • Unique toys - we love sock monkeys, wooden cars, blocks, animals, dolls (we never have enough dolls!), quiet books and doll clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Childrens hair bows
  • Handbags
  • Family picture magnetic boards
  • Trendy knitted scarves and hats
  • Quilts
If you would like to make something for the MWB botique we will collect them at our October meeting or you can drop it off to Carolyn, Lynn, Judy, Ardis, Barbara, Paulette, Kathy or Sandy anytime before October 15 and we will take it over to the MWB collection center in Provo.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

" He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything." ~Arabian Proverb
Jeannie, Ardis, Carolyn & Judy marking the quilt~
Primary Childrens Medical Center brings hope to many children and their families, so we have chosen to work on a project for the Festival of Trees, a large fund raiser for PCMC. Our September meeting was held Tuesday, September 1st at Carolyn's home. Attending were Judy, Lynn, Ardis, Kathy, Jeannie, Carolyn and Sandy. Our guest speaker was Jeannie A* who has volunteered for many years for the Festival of Trees and was a board member. Jeannie told us about the history of the festival and how it was started back in the 1970's to raise funds for Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
In 1971, the first Festival of Trees was held at thet old Armory in Salt Lake and featured 60 Christmas treee. That year they were pleased to make $47,000 for the hospital. "Over the years, this beautiful event has blossomed into a forest of more than 800 trees, a gift boutique featuring handmade articles, a sweet shop filled with freshly made candies and baked goods, a display of wreaths and door decorations, centerpieces, gingerbread houses, and backyard playhouses. There is also Santa, activities for children, hot scones and sweet rolls, and continuous live entertainment. In all, the Festival spans over 220,000 square feet of display space and last year's festival raised $1,495,840.74." (Quote from Festival of the Trees History) All of this money goes to helping children in need get the medical care they require.
Lynn, tole painting decorations for the Tabletop Christmas tree.
This year we are making a Table Top Christmas Tree, a quilt to go with it and a small nativity, themed around the birth of the Savior. We tied the quilt and painted the ornaments. Next month we will finish the quilt and decorate the tree. Each ornament on the tree has to be wired into the branch to ensure that the decorations are secure and to facilitate transportation to the purchasers of the tree. The Festival of Trees will be held December 2-5, 2009 at the Southtowne Expo Center in Salt Lake City and all proceeds benefit the Primary Children's Medical Center.