My daughter Sahara participated in Cardsfromkids last year and really enjoyed making the cards plus loved that it was helping the community out too. Giving back at such a young age is so rewarding and for her classmate Pearl to come up with this is just amazing. If you are able to give please do- it’s for a great cause plus it helps these kids feel they are making a difference in someone’s life. If you do donate please say Sahara sent you! She plans to make a lot of cards this year! Thank you everyone.
Today is #GivingTuesday so this would be the great way to GIVE BACK!
In December 2012, an 8-year-old girl named Pearl went to see a stage version of “A Christmas Carol” in San Francisco. Leaving the theatre, she saw a man sleeping on the sidewalk on Geary Street and wanted to do something to help. She had the idea to get together with her friends and make holiday cards to raise money for homeless shelters.
Pearl worked with four of her classmates to get friends and family to sponsor cards. For a donation of any amount, the sponsor’s name would appear on a beautiful hand-made card, wishing hope and friendship to a person in need. On an afternoon just before Christmas, Pearl and her friends gathered around a kitchen table and made fifty cards, representing donations in excess of one thousand dollars. The money was donated to the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, doing great work for the homeless for more than forty years. The cards were given to shelter residents at their Christmas Eve dinner, and were very warmly received.
This year, we aim to make an even larger donation in cards and money, to multiple Bay Area shelters. Please consider giving.