Friday, December 31, 2010

BLOOM holiday update {and giveaway!}

many of you know that we have a non-profit - BLOOM project.  this is our little way of promoting orphan care and adoption in our community.  despite the craziness that the holidays and our impending move and sick babies has brought over the past month, my friend minette was still able to talk me into attempting our first holiday fundraiser.  boy, am i glad she did!  

we kicked off our alternative gift-giving  at a holiday party a few weeks ago.  but...the giving didn't stop there!  many folks continued this movement by spreading the word to friends and family, posting about it on their blogs, hosting events at schools and other venues.  what started as a simple idea raised nearly $2000 and resulted in the collection of even more items...all for the orphans we support in haiti and dr congo!!  one local elementary school class even made a personal contribution by writing letters to the orphans of haiti to share encouragement and love!

i wanted to make sure that i give a personal shout-out to our vendors who participated in this year's event...

::baubles and bags::
::heraldry clothing::
::wood by chuck::
::little joy company::
::madison lane photography::

with this much success the first year...we can't wait to see what next year holds!  

and speaking of next's almost here!!  we have gone crazy brainstorming ideas for growing BLOOM over the next 12 months...
what ideas do you have for supporting orphans worldwide through community events and outreach???  i will stick a starbucks giftcard in the mail to the best idea posted in the comments section of my blog (or the BLOOM blog).