Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Smallest Voices

"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering."
Ernest Hemingway from "A Farewell to Arms"

Coming Soon! "Winter Miracles" and "Snowdrop Hill" Collections from Cynthia Crane's Pottery.Etsy.com

Another holiday season will soon be upon us bringing with it tidings of great joy and promises of love and laughter among our dearest friends and family members.

But we all know that for all too many this is sadly not the case. I'm speaking of those whose small voices are easily overlooked at this time of year for want of the newest shiny bauble and those making the loudest noise.

This post is a reminder to all of my lovely readers that before you begin your rush to prepare for the joyful holidays ahead, you take the time to put first those who need our help the most. 

What follows is a charitable project recently implemented by my fellow blogger Vicki of 2 Bags Full


"Letters From Africa"

Many of you already know Vicki and are aware of her many selfless acts of charitable giving shared on her blog. A few months ago Vicki received a letter from a social worker in Uganda who has been working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, many of which are victims of physical and sexual abuse, and are children of young mothers, and/or are living with or are affected by HIV and AIDS.


The children make jewelry and other crafts which are sold to support the work of the agency.

Thus Vicki set upon another charitable giving project - "Letters From Africa". The childrens' needs range from craft supplies to personal items, but most especially there is a serious need for small monetary donations in the form of a Walmart gift card or Paypal transfer. There is a wealth of information on this most worthy charitable cause on Vicki's blog, including the how and where to send your donations.

And Vicki is also having another one of her lovely Giveaway Contests in conjunction with this charitable project!

The deadline for donations is December 1, which is also when the winners of the contests will be announced, so if you've not already done so please try to respond to Vicki's call very soon!


Listing in my Etsy Shop, Friday October 31

My contribution to Vicki's "Letter From Africa" charity will be a cash donation of 10% of the proceeds from the sale of 8 ornaments from my 2 new collections of Holiday Ornaments. "Winter Miracles" is a collection of miniature woodland animal ornaments, and "Snowdrop Hill" are snowmen and snowlady ornaments all decked out in comfy winter attire. 

I will be presenting these new ornaments in my Etsy shop this Friday, October 31, beginning around 11:00 ET.

I hope you will join me this year in sharing of little bit of your own love and kindness with these disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Next post: A little window into the world of nationally recognized folk artist Paul Gordon! 

With love and gratitude to you all - thank you for visiting today!





8 comments:

Vicki Boster said...

Cynthia-- what a beautiful quote-- it made my heart stand still. Thank you for this lovely post-- for sharing this charitable project with your devoted readers and friends--- and for your awesome (!!!) generosity in donating a percentage of your sales. Bless you for your love and support. Thank you from me and the children---

Love,love
Vicki

Ps-- I'm posting an update on the project soon also. Xoxoxo

Vicki Boster said...

Omg I forgot to say how gorgeous the little ornaments are. They will last all of 3 minutes in your shop when you post them:)
Vicki

Betty said...

I hadn't read Vicki's blog lately so will go and update myself. There are so many important and worthy causes it can sometimes be overwhelming when we stop to take in all the suffering going on all around this planet, and to know when/how/who to give our help to. Your post has reminded me that I have been lazy about visiting various charity websites where a simple mouse click generates an advertiser donation - it's just one small way we can help with various plights just by giving a second of our time. Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am too.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Love the ornaments!
Deb

Mary Ann Potter said...

We always need reminding that loving people means giving to those in need and ministering to their deepest needs. Sending blessings to you!

Pom Pom said...

What a good post! I love your work, especially the toadstools!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a lovely post, Cindy; bless you for spreading the message.

Donna Heber said...

Cynthia,

Your ornaments are so adorable and for such a charitable cause. I do feel bad for the children of Uganda.