I’ve worked with my local ACS Relay for Life for several years now. A couple years ago, our “theme” was holidays–which meant we chose one to build our campsites, activities, etc. around. My team chose “Christmas”. And what better items to sell as fundraisers than, well, CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS??
One of my friends-for-life in my golden-oldies-girls-group loves crafting as much as I do, and we’re in Relay together, so we went crazy with the opportunity to get to do all the things we loved to do in one fell-swoop: create/craft, talk/laugh, raise money to fight cancer. It was a win-win-win situation. And, while we haven’t broken any land-speed records with our efforts, we did help our team reach and surpass our yearly goals the last two years. And I had my personal-best fundraising year in 2014, due largely to the ornaments we made and sold.
So, we’re at it again this year for the 2015 Relay season (always looking ahead to next year–I like the optimism that comes with that forward-thinking), and we’re kicking it off at a couple of our area’s 2014 holiday crafts fairs this month. Our first one started today–which coincidentally would have been my father’s 79th birthday. If he hadn’t passed away from cancer nearly 2 years ago. What better way to honor my Dad’s memory than working hard to raise money to help fight this blasted disease?
We’ve got a varied assortment of orbed-goodies to help deck the halls this year. There are a lot of the decorated glass balls that we’ve adorned with my many-splendored bows and my friend’s beading handiwork. We’ve also got some really sweet handpainted Santas (friend Shay is a whiz with a paintbrush!), among other painterly things. And there are some very-definitely-Relay-themed items, festooned with ribbons in all the awareness colors. And–naturally–we even threw in a couple of actual traditional-Christmas-looking items!
We each donate all the materials….and all the hours and hours of time….to churn out these Christmas creations. It’s a labor of love and a chance to do our part against something that’s hit us both hard and made the fight against cancer very personal for us: friends, family, and ME–all have fought and either sadly-lost or blessedly-won our individual battles with various forms of a vicious disease. Our Ornaments for Life are our little bits of bow-dacious beauty thrown in the face of a whole lot of deadly ugliness.
Above is our setup this weekend–feeling pretty festive and hoping a lot of folks will come by to see us. You can visit us any time at https://www.facebook.com/OrnamentsForLife . Wish us luck in our efforts again this year–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!