Scarlet Threads {Giveaway}

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Another great giveaway for you from another amazing small business!


A few weeks ago, I received an email from Hannah.  Hannah has lived in China since 2009. She moved to the beautifully rural and rapidly growing village of Qingyundian with her family, and loves it so much that she’s pursuing her undergraduate degree online so that she can continue to live and serve in-country. Hannah’s passion is to love dangerously and she has a continuously broken heart for the helpless and the fatherless. When she’s not loving on the babies in the foster home where she works, chronicling her family’s adventures on her blog or studying, you will probably find her baking.


She works for a company called Scarlet Threads.  Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses and artisans in both rural Asia and Uganda.

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In these rural areas, which are home to many farmers, taxi drivers, and laborers, there are few job opportunities for women, many of whom only have an elementary-school education.  By drawing on the practical skills they learned in their youth, Scarlet Threads provides them with an unprecedented opportunity to earn a steady source of income for their families. 


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By helping sell their wares in other countries where they can earn higher profits than they would locally, Scarlet Threads provides an opportunity for each of their partner seamstresses to be self-employed in her own profitable business.  (Learn more about Scarlet Threads’ vision for transformation by exploring their Vision and Values.)


These beautiful aprons are the the perfect gift for bridal showers, holidays, or any special occasion. All Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with their core vision and values.  When you purchase one of their beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of their story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work.


If you’d like to win one of these beautiful aprons, simply leave a comment describing what kind of charity you would create if you had all the time and money in the world.  I’ll pick a winner tomorrow.


PS – Scarlet Threads is on Facebook and Twitter, too!


And last, but not least, the winner of the Uptown Boys giveaway is…


Kara, who would love to win the onesies and bowties for her friend who is due with twin boys in December!  With the extra hour, Kara would spend time with her loved ones drinking coffee.



  • Lauren October 18, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Probably one that benefit women in Chicago.

  • Dina October 18, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Some sort of charity helping orphans. I know there is already a lot of such charities all over the place, but the number of children in need still outnumbers the charities.

  • Samantha Angela October 18, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I would create a charity that provides free financial counselling and life coaching to people with debt and employment problems.

  • Nikki October 18, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Rescue animals all the way!

  • Amber October 18, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Definately something to do with feeding the hungry! Food is the most important necessity in my opinion.

  • Sarah October 18, 2012, 2:37 pm

    If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d create an organization to serve and provide much needed medical supplies and education to those with type 1 diabetes in underserved countries. We are incredibly fortunate to have the health care we have in this country, and there are so many children and young adults that go without much needed insulin and blood glucose testing supplies simply because it’s not there. Oh man, I didn’t realize that this was such a passion of mine, until I started typing it out! My partner and I both have type 1 diabetes and I am so thankful to have the medical support and education that we have here.

    The aprons are beautiful!

  • Nadine October 18, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I would make sure all dogs and cats had homes, and somewhere great to hang out while they waited to find their new family.

  • Allison October 18, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Can you please let us know the address of Hannah’s blog? thanks.

  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer October 18, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Man- this is a tough one. There are SO many things I want to do. Honestly, I would probably want something that helps overweight kids/teens cope with the emotional issues attached to being overweight and helps them lose the weight.

  • Jenna October 18, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I would like to start a charity to teach inner city kids how to grow and cook healthy food where they live.

  • Mari October 18, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I would create an organization that offers support to women who have been sexually assaulted.

  • Nora October 18, 2012, 2:46 pm

    One that trains service providers – translators, doctors, nurses, lawyers, etc. – in how to work with and empower sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and links service providers with each other so that they can learn from each other and better serve their communities. So important to create more safe spaces!

  • Stacey October 18, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I would create a real life hotel for dogs to care for homeless pets.

  • Mina October 18, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I can’t decide on one charity! I guess if I had all the money and time in the world, I could have many:-) They would range from ensuring kids were fed nutritious, whole foods school lunches, I’d give GOTR a ton of money and create something for battered/abused women and children.


  • sophie October 18, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I’d go with some sort of charity that does research specifically for Pancreatic cancer. my father passed away less than a month after being diagnosed with it and it seems like that’s pretty standard. life expectancy for pancreatic cancer is so low and that needs to change.

  • Claire October 18, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Oh my gosh those aprons are so beautiful. I would like to create an organization that helps underprivileged youth in the US do service work for underprivileged youth around the world.

  • Mollie October 18, 2012, 2:53 pm

    If I could start a charity it would be one to provide unprocessed, healthy food and nutritional education to underprivileged children and families. Growing up in America there isn’t enough focus on encouraging healthy eating habits in children from a young age so they have the knowledge to make the right decisions as they grow up.

  • Kara A October 18, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I would create a charity that allows underprivleged youth to travel and see new parts of the world. Opening one’s eyes to what lies beyond the everyday routine truly changes that individual’s perspective on the world, other people, and her or him self. Of course I would also love to lead such journeys too, so there’s a perk as well!

  • Ebernst October 18, 2012, 2:56 pm

    I would love to create a charity that works with promoting physical fitness and healthy eating habits umongst woman in developing countries. Hopefully, one day I can do it!

    I love the aprons and definitely will have to check out this charity/non-profit…especially for my sister..she loves China!

  • Amy October 18, 2012, 2:58 pm

    A charity to support young mothers continue their education. Then, with all the money in the world, I would make a second for sports camps for underprivileged kids.

  • Ali October 18, 2012, 2:58 pm

    Easy! I would create a STEM program/charity that offers after school and weekend/summer activities and is free and extremely high impact for all students and teachers! I work in STEM outreach but it is so hard to be able to reach a lot of children who really need it. The school and family budgets are just way too tight. Right now in my state, students only receive 25 minutes of science per week and that is just not enough to teach them such important concepts and inspire budding scientists! When given the chance, these children can amaze you with what they can do! They deserve the opportunity!

  • Deanne October 18, 2012, 2:58 pm

    I would start an animal rescue. I would specialize in animals that are abused and need medical attention. The animals that have known nothing but pain and hardship and yet still love. Usually these animals are expensive to care for due to medical costs, they are treatable but are often killed because no one wants to spend the money they need to get better. I want to help them. I would also like to donate pet food, and vet care to people who can’t afford it. Help people keep their pets when times are tough. I would also like to help the homeless care for their pets. I believe their pets help them tremendously and that they have every right to have the love and companionship of an animal.

    My insparation is Noah’s Arks Rescue in O’Katie SC.

  • Alexandra October 18, 2012, 2:59 pm

    My charity would be to teach elementary school children in workshops about exercise, nutrition and loving them selves. These things need to be instilled early!

  • Katie D. October 18, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I would love to create a charity that provides help for pregnant women who can’t afford to keep their babies. Those aprons are beautiful!

  • julia October 18, 2012, 3:10 pm

    i’d like to help empower citizens to be more comfortable with science.

  • Dynamics October 18, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Definitely a charity to give dogs to home alone kids. Sorta train them like a therapy dog. You could get them from the dog shelter and do an extra nice thing

  • Hillary October 18, 2012, 3:16 pm

    I think I’d create a charity that brought healthy, TASTY school lunches to schools in need. Some kids get most of their nutrition from school meals and they are absolutely awful (both in taste and nutrition). They deserve better!

  • Judy October 18, 2012, 3:17 pm

    If money were no object, I’d totally have some kind of animal rescue.

  • Laura October 18, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Love the aprons!

    I would start a charity that helps feed, house, educate and rehab the homeless. I hate seeing anyone sleep on the streets. I’m not a religous person, but I think we are all equal in God’s eyes, and we all deserve to have our basic needs met.

  • Wendy October 18, 2012, 3:18 pm

    I would assist orphaned children in Korea. I was orphaned as a very young baby and adopted by a foreign family. I feel I’m really invested in this cause.

  • lynne October 18, 2012, 3:20 pm

    these are beautiful aprons! and i love the story behind them.

    i’m not sure about creating a new charity but i believe strongly in the american foundation for suicide prevention (is a non-profit foundation a charity? google says maybe?). bringing awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention measures/education/training to local communities.

  • Susan October 18, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I would create a charity that provides help to children in abusive homes and also take action to criminalize bullying.

  • Ami October 18, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Look at that smile in the last picture! 😀

    I’d create a charity that helped abused women get back on their feet and gain self-confidence.

  • Carol October 18, 2012, 3:23 pm

    Something that celebrates the creativity of women!

  • Aimee B October 18, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I just got back from Ecuador where I was working with men overcoming drug and alcohol addictions…I’d love to be able to help them (and women too!) more.

  • Christin@christinjoyful October 18, 2012, 3:33 pm

    oooh those are beautiful!! My parents are missionaries in Japan…i’m going to send them a link to this post, my Mom especially would love it! If I could start a charity, it would be for kids from low income families with a passion and talent for performance art. As a kid, I loved to dance, but I had to earn my way through classes because of income. I want to give kids the opportunity to pursue their dreams regardless of monetary costs.

  • wendy October 18, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I’m from China originally myself.. so to see this going to help the women in rural China makes my heart just… I’m buying one for myself now… and probly more as Xmas gifts. Aren’t they just so cute and pretty!? Yes, if I could create/work on a charity of my choice… I really want to help all the kids in the rural areas of China where education is just not a choice when they grew up and without education… you just get trapped in this endless loop of same life 🙁

  • Vicki October 18, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I would create a charity that assist people who are both homeless and living with mental illness.

  • Leah October 18, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I would love to start an organization that offers restorative yoga classes for combat veterans and people impacted by trauma, and really interested in creating educational programs centered on integrative health and well-being that are accessible, practical and sustainable for everyday life.

  • Marcie October 18, 2012, 3:48 pm

    id love to see a charity that helps women find jobs

  • Amye October 18, 2012, 3:52 pm

    A charity that would provide financial support for medical bills for babies born prematurely.

  • Alison October 18, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I’d love to help children in foster care or organize a benefit to raise money for colon cancer research.

  • Claire October 18, 2012, 4:01 pm

    What a wonderful question, one that I’ve thought about a lot. I would like to start a non profit providing free (or reduced cost) mental health services to people and families looking to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. For some people, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t just come down to ‘eating less’. Many overweight people use food the way they would use drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or even exercise, as a coping mechanism for feelings other than just hunger.

  • Carrie October 18, 2012, 4:09 pm

    I would create a charity helping orphans in rural Africa pay their school fees by teaching them chicken raising and having them sell the eggs!

  • Carolyn October 18, 2012, 4:11 pm

    These are beautiful! ah so many ideas for charity work but I would want to create a charity that partners communities together. I know that many organizations provide relief following disasters, but I think it would be fabulous to pair a community that got hit by a storm with another and have the two work together, forge relationships, etc to help them get back on their feet. Of course, I’m not quite sure how this would all play out, but we can always dream, right?

  • Hayley October 18, 2012, 4:16 pm

    My dream ever since I was a little girl was to work for/start a charity that worked with people (homeless or not) that do not have the skills or the ability to afford clothes to get back on their feet and into the working world, and provide them with not only the clothing, but work with them on social skills, personal cleanliness, resume building, skills to help them be able to hold down a job and make it on their own in the real world. I would love to have the resources to be able to do that as a full time passion.

    It’s funny, I was just looking at apron’s on ebay this morning and almost ordered one from China!

  • Jenny-O October 18, 2012, 4:16 pm

    There are of course charities helping animals already, but it is a cause close to my heart. I would want to help the cause more – raising money to spay/neuter stray animals, get them homes etc. I would want a lot of my efforts to be focused on the adoption of pets – there are tons of animals out there who need forever homes!

  • Kristen October 18, 2012, 4:19 pm

    I would create one to assist Human trafficking. I have friends that have been to Cambodia and there stories are very heartbreaking.

  • Lisa N October 18, 2012, 4:20 pm

    I would create a no “group” home world. No child deserves to be in a group home without a family because some families cannot afford the CRAZY adoption fee’s!

    • Gloria October 18, 2012, 6:55 pm

      I love this goal! I used to work in foster care and it was heartbreaking that so many children spend years in that type of environment before they age out. The hard part though is that many of the children that end up living in group homes were those that bounced from foster home to foster home and could not find a permanent place to be. My county offers every incentive in the world to encourage the adoption of these children (adopting from the foster care system is significantly cheaper than newborn adoption and the county does the home study, provides a lawyer, etc.), but the truth is that there are not enough people willing/able to adopt older children with the needs that some of them have.

  • Kristina Neuhart October 18, 2012, 4:21 pm

    I would create a charity to help rescue and rehome bully breed dogs. I would love to advocate for those breeds that face such negative stereotypes.

  • Emily October 18, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I would create a women’s and children’s shelter that combines education, health, and job training. I’m not sure of the exact statistic, but there are about 4x as many animal shelters as people shelters. Don’t get me wrong, animals most certainly need these organizations, but those numbers just seem wrong to me.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life October 18, 2012, 4:29 pm

    I have typed and erased a number of thoughts on this. I don’t know what type of charity I would start! How do you chose just one when there are so many people in need and so many topics that need awareness brought to them. I’m a bit sad, and feeling guilty for some reason, that I can’t think of what I’d do…

  • Gloria October 18, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I would start a homeless shelter for transgendered people and a domestic violence shelter for men. These are needs that I see unfilled in my city and it is so hard to see some of my clients go into places that are not safe and welcoming for them.

  • Jennifer T. October 18, 2012, 4:38 pm

    I work in school food service, so I would start a charity that would provide food to families in need!

  • Heather October 18, 2012, 4:47 pm

    It is really hard to just pick one because there are so many ways to make a difference, but if I had to just choosen one, I would have a charity that helps pay for college or skills training for young adults transitioning out of foster care. Children in foster care have so many barriers to continuing education and unfortunately studies show the are incredibility high rates of homeless, poverty, and substance abuse for those “graduating” from foster care. Without skills and education the cycle will contiue.

  • kristina October 18, 2012, 4:52 pm

    I’ve never really thought about it, but maybe some sort of charity that helps young women develop positive self images and diffuses the negativity women so often feel towards themselves and each other.

  • April October 18, 2012, 4:52 pm

    I would create a charity that helps single mothers get on their feet and stay on their feet. It would also put them in touch with good childcare and mentoring programs.

  • bitt October 18, 2012, 4:53 pm

    I would give to an organization support animal rescue and education, like Pasado’s Safe Haven in Washington State or Pigs Peace Sanctuary there too.

  • Allie October 18, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I would create a charity to get bikes in the hands of women without transportation. Bicycles were such a sign of freedom back in the late 1800’s, and they still can be for women without travel modes.

  • Bonnie October 18, 2012, 4:59 pm

    One that supports women and children right in my community that gives the resources for people going through a divorce.

  • Katie October 18, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I think it would be an organization to provide free counseling for families in the midst of and after overcoming serious health issues (ie childhood cancer) and how to continue their lives after such an ordeal.

  • Laura October 18, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I’ve thought about what I would do if I won the lottery, and part of what I would do would be to create a trust for charitable contributions, and a board that would evaluate different charities’ needs and help decide the amount each charity would receive. I have a lot of dog/cat rescue charities that I’m partial to in my own state, but there are a lot of different kinds of groups that need help.

    I would also donate directly to those local groups near me that I’ve worked with–they do so much good for local animals, I’d love to help them 🙂

  • Jessica October 18, 2012, 5:22 pm

    I’m in awe, what an awesome concept.

    I am a teacher and my dream charity would be money for migrant families/kids and help transitioning whenever they come and go. There is SOME help for this in my community, but never enough money! 🙂

  • Tracy October 18, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I would start a charity/service group for African children. My brother has been there and so much more is needed!

  • Heather October 18, 2012, 5:33 pm

    There are so many thing that I would love to do. I would probably start with starting a charity that brought music therapy to underprivileged kids with developmental disabilities. My sister is a music therapist and they do amazing work, but this is often not covered by insurance.

  • Lisa October 18, 2012, 5:43 pm

    I’m a sucker for animals. I’d probably open a cat shelter.

  • Delaney October 18, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I work in Nutrition. So I would love to start a program to teach children about living a healthy life style!

  • Katie October 18, 2012, 5:53 pm

    what do you mean by “love dangerously”?

    • Hannah October 18, 2012, 10:48 pm

      It’s not something easy to describe or explain. It’s almost part of a lifestyle… choosing to love when it breaks you, serve when you’re wreaked and then get up and love again and again and again. Working here in China with orphans, loving is sometimes very, very hard. Yes, the children can be completely adorable. But they’re orphans. They’ve been abandoned. Sometimes they don’t make it and you start asking yourself why you loved in the first place just to be ruined. But I’ve learned that, by Loving Dangerously – choosing to love even when you KNOW that you might be hurt, allows for an even more powerful love to flow – a love that changes lives; a love that saves lives. I’ve written a lot about Loving Dangerously, and how it’s changed me on my blog…


  • Kellie October 18, 2012, 6:04 pm

    I would use it to help people with eating disorders who can’t afford treatment on their own. I am in recovery from anorexia and am so blessed that my parents helped me pay for my treatment. Most insurance doesn’t cover it and without treatment I probably would not be where I am now.

  • Gina G October 18, 2012, 6:08 pm

    I don’t know why, but I have always wanted to do something to help those who were/are trafficked. I would love to create a charity to help save them (some how!) and to help them get back on their feet after. 🙂

  • Lindsey October 18, 2012, 6:11 pm

    I would start a charity to benefit children with Autism- those kiddo’s have my heart. 🙂

  • laura October 18, 2012, 6:16 pm

    id create some sort of charity to fight hunger! it frustrates me how wasteful so many people are with food when there are so many people that are starving out there in the world

  • Jessica October 18, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Counseling women that have depression after having an abortion.

  • Jessica October 18, 2012, 6:35 pm

    even though i know i wont win 🙂

    I would start a charity for people to just hang out an be themseleves when battling breast cancer…My aunt who is the strongest person i know…lost all of her hair and her breast….it was amazing to sit around with a group of her friends from chemo and watch them just open up an be themselves…so i guess it would be more of a support group than a charity….

    I guess i would give the money to the women to buy hats and wigs….

  • Ruby October 18, 2012, 6:35 pm

    I would want to create a charity that funds higher education for those who are bright, but can’t afford it!

  • amanda October 18, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I’d start one for MNGIE – the genetic disease my mom died from last year. There is so little information on it (even in the medical community – she wasn’t diagnosed until just before she died) and even though it’s rare I feel like it’s something need to know about and understand.

  • tessa h. October 18, 2012, 6:49 pm

    i would love everyone to have a beautiful home.

  • lisa fine October 18, 2012, 6:51 pm

    I would love to bring community gardens to more urban areas and supermarket deserts.

  • Ali October 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Those aprons are SO cute! If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d create a community kitchen where inner-city kids and families could learn to cook healthy, inexpensive meals, and pick up inexpensive, healthy pre-started meals that would encourage us all to eat healthier! 🙂

  • Lesley October 18, 2012, 7:02 pm

    If I had all the money in the world, I would purchase the Church for sale in the downtown core which has serviced the homeless and the needy selflessly for 15 years. They financed the Church 10 years ago to raise funds for capital improvements AND to provide for the above mentioned programming. The loan was paid off by tithe of the congregation. Unfortunately, the building is old and requires more repairs and the decision was made to sell and find a smaller space. Truthfully, I couldn’t even tell you what religion the Church is…but I know how kind hearted the congregation are and would hate to see condos being built in it’s place.

  • Erin October 18, 2012, 7:09 pm

    A charity that would feed hungry children. There is no reason any child should go to bed hungry in this country.

  • kristen @ livinlifeinlouie October 18, 2012, 7:20 pm

    beautiful aprons!! and great cause! I would love to help NICU babies who dont have a family.

    • Hannah October 18, 2012, 10:54 pm

      Kristen – oh yes! The little ones without mama’s and daddy’s to stand at their bedside and wait and fight and pray and hope and wait… they NEED this sort of love!

  • Michal October 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

    I think I’d create a non-profit that empowered youth to explore their business ideas and make them a reality, whether it was a small-scale lemonade stand chain or something global. It’d be fun to have a kid-internship program, too.

  • Abby October 18, 2012, 7:40 pm

    I would start a charity to educate unprivileged girls in math and science

  • gretch October 18, 2012, 7:44 pm

    i would serve a charity to help victims of domestic violence

  • Jill October 18, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Hmmm, maybe something to help support single moms.. my support system has saved my life, and I’m not even a single mom, so I can’t imagine how difficult that would be.

  • Justeen October 18, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I would create a charity that would provide healthy lunches for students in schools located in impoverished areas and teach them about nutrition!

  • Erin Hack October 18, 2012, 7:55 pm

    What a wonderful company with beautiful products! If I could create a charity it would be a farm animal sanctuary.

  • Shannon October 18, 2012, 8:06 pm

    I’m a nutrition major so I would definitely come up with a charity dealing with nutrition! I would probably focus on refugee families and help them to learn how to make healthy meals, find foods similar to those in their home country to make the transition easier, and help them navigate the grocery stores and learn how to avoid all the processed junk.

  • Kerri October 18, 2012, 8:08 pm

    I’d create a charity called Good Grief, where all the donations go toward grief and bereavement support, counseling and community outreach.

  • Laura October 18, 2012, 8:09 pm

    Beautiful aprons!! I would like to help developmentally disabled children get the support they need to grow to the best of their ability. I would also like to see the end of teasing and cruelty to children with special needs-the word “retarded” is SO hateful yet you hear it everywhere.

  • Carrie C. in VA October 18, 2012, 8:12 pm

    I’d start a charity in my county that would make it easier for locals to donate things like diapers and infant clothing directly to new moms in need. I had a bunch of impeccable stuff after my kids were born and there was nowhere to drop it off. I couldn’t believe it!

  • Kate October 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

    I am priviliged to already start and run a non-profit. We serve children, families, and adults who live in poverty and struggle with trauma and mental health issues in rural Maine.

    I would love to start a program for glbtq teens and young adults who are living on the streets or are couch surfing because their families lack of understanding, support, and/or intolerance. I will do this someday!

    • Caitlin October 18, 2012, 9:08 pm

      I like your idea 🙂

  • Coco October 18, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Hmmm…This is a tough one. I think I would create a charity devoted to providing better homes for children of drug-addicted parents. (I am a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, so this is important to me).

  • Lindsay October 18, 2012, 8:24 pm

    I’d love to start a charity for teenagers in rough neighborhoods that teaches and shows them that they don’t have to continue with the drug/violence cycle.

  • Rebecca October 18, 2012, 8:26 pm

    I’d start a charity that taught kids in underprivileged areas study skills and helped them to excel in school.

  • Jackie October 18, 2012, 8:33 pm

    I would creat a charity that started programs at hospitals and/or schools to create gardens that are maintained by the staff/students. The garden would then provide at least part of the fresh vegetables and possibly fruit fed to patients or students 🙂

  • Carol B October 18, 2012, 8:37 pm

    I would start a charity to help underprivileged women learn how to care for there children. They don’t have a chance to talk to a midwife, lactation specialist, etc. Who do they ask questions? Also, there are too many children going to bed hungry!

  • Katie October 18, 2012, 8:42 pm

    I would LOVE to start a children’s literacy program. When my oldest son was a baby I realized what a privilege it is to be able to afford to have a bookcase of children’s books for him. I thought of how hard it would be to be poor and just able to pay for the basic necessities. So I dreamt up this idea of a nonprofit that went into the hospitals, found moms getting prenatal care and signing them up to be eligible for free kids books. Maybe have a session or two about the importance to read for a child-you could have a link to adult literacy if that became an issue. And then give the moms a basket of books for the baby’s first year. Ultimately it would be great to send a more books every year on the baby’s birthday. Even specializing the books according to the interest of the child! I actually often go over this in my mind a lot. I think people want to be the best parents they can, but it’s so hard. And it must be so so so much harder when you are working hard to just make sure you have the basics. All children deserve to have books in their rooms.

  • Katie October 18, 2012, 8:44 pm

    I would create a charity that has multiple locations across the U.S. where teens would be able to come and work out and play sports and learn about healthy eating and positive body image. Working at a small non profit myself I have encountered so many teens that want to exercise and eat healthy but are embarrassed to do so. Hence why I would love to have a place to just teens to come to hang out, exercise, and make new friends!

  • Nikole October 18, 2012, 9:01 pm

    I think there are already so many charities I would research ones that do things close to my heart (women’s shelters and childhood hunger) and help those instead of adding yet another charity. I really feel like there are so many charities doing the same thing if they got together and pooled their resources they could serve more.

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted October 18, 2012, 9:25 pm

    I agree with Nikole. I work for a nonprofit (a family homeless shelter) and I see all the good work agencies are already doing. I’d love to have more time and expertise in microlending!

  • Claire @ Un Bello Apperitivo October 18, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Wow, what beautiful aprons! I’d create a charity for girls to help empower them through music.

  • Jessica B October 18, 2012, 10:10 pm

    These aprons are beautiful, as is this charity’s work! I think rather than start my own charity, if I had all the time and money in the world I would devote my resources to already existing charities – so many great causes are underfunded and understaffed. Charities that particularly interest me: ones just like this that give meaning to people’s lives and allow them to work to make a change themselves! I think the most important thing we can do is empower women and children worldwide – in my eyes, they really tend to be the ones who make the difference.

  • Amy October 18, 2012, 10:10 pm

    I’d have a charity for the empowering of woman. All types of women doing things for other women.

  • Stefanie K. October 18, 2012, 10:13 pm

    I would create a charity to help all homeless or abused domestic animals as well as provide rehabilitation for injured wildlife!

  • Sarah BETH October 18, 2012, 10:18 pm

    I would create a charity for those with Autism and their dedicated families. I love how each of these children are so unique and most have very hilarious senses of humor! It would be my dream to be able to use my degree in special education to do something bigger than the day to day stuff 🙂 Love those aprons! makes me want to go cook cook cook!

  • Carolyn C. October 18, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I love the aprons. They are beautiful! I would start an organization helping women who are in abusive relationships, whether it is addition or abuse. My heart hurts for those in need, and I’d love to be able to assist and care for them.

  • Isabella October 18, 2012, 10:50 pm

    When I grow up… I want to create an inspiring studio area for undernourished individuals tp nuture their spiritual, physical, and creative needs!

  • sarah s October 18, 2012, 11:16 pm

    i’d continue to fund charities that help rescue animals, because it breaks my heart how many strays there are out there!

  • Crystal October 18, 2012, 11:52 pm

    STEM programs in low income schools, in every grade. STEM curriculum and after school care combined for free!

  • Carrie October 19, 2012, 12:03 am

    So inspiring!

    I would want to start an animal shelter that perhaps had some relationship with children. Animals can be such a joy and as long as it was safe, it could be wonderful to have some sort of working relationship between a school or children’s org and a shelter.

  • Sarah L October 19, 2012, 12:23 am

    What a neat organization! I’ve never thought about what type of charity I would create. I do love the idea of organizations that help women set up sustainable sources of income, but I think I would like to set up a charity to help women (especially single mothers) with post-partum depression.

  • Rae October 19, 2012, 1:06 am

    I would have a farm. I volunteered with a farm that donates a lot of the organic produce (as well as canned goods they collect and clothing) to the homeless and low-income. It was such a great charity and awesome farm.. I would love to do something like that more permanently.

  • Jackie October 19, 2012, 1:39 am

    I would want to educate people about issues low income people face. Prejudice is such a huge problem! I LOVE these aprons.

  • Carrie @ The Cook's Palette October 19, 2012, 1:42 am

    Beautiful aprons! I would create a charity that built school gardens. There is nothing more therapeutic than tending to a patch of peas and nothing more thrilling than harvesting your first beet. I am a dietitian, so I would teach the children about the food’s origin, how it nourishes us, and ways to cook it or enjoy eating it at home!

  • Catherine P October 19, 2012, 2:57 am

    Such a beautiful cause and gorgeous aprons!! 🙂
    I would create a children’s cancer charity dedicated to furthering research as well as supporting the patients and their brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, pediatric cancer it is the number one killer of kids by disease in the United States and only receives 3-4 percent of national funding. I would love to be able to give personalized care backpacks to each child starting their treatment plan (to include a handmade blanket and chemo beanie, books and games based on patient specific preferences, and support literature for the parents ). My ultimate goal would be to provide each child with 1,000 origami cranes (Japanese tradition of getting one wish) as symbols of support, love, and hope. The cranes could be strung as a beautiful mobile. Also, I would love to get local schools and organizations involved in making cards with well wishes and even folding cranes to support the kids. The charity would also fund grants for researchers studying pediatric cancers.

  • Claudia October 19, 2012, 3:10 am

    Wow! Those aprons are so amazing! Hannah is doing a good job helping others. If I had the opportunity it would probably be something to do with teaching healthy living (mind, body and soul) to kids who are orphans/don’t have a family base to teach them how to grow healthily for the future.

  • Jillian B. October 19, 2012, 4:17 am

    I would absolutely love to run a some sort of farm where foster children could come and work with the animals and get involved with 4-H.

  • Jill K October 19, 2012, 5:44 am

    I’m not sure exactly but I think I would want to create an organization that helps with childhood cancer. Not many people are aware because no one likes to talk about kids with cancer but it is definitely an area that needs help with research funds and awareness!

  • sara October 19, 2012, 5:47 am

    I have this idea that I would love to create an organization in which adults with disabilities can earn wages by making learning to put together healthy options for quick to-go lunches for working people (and anyone else too busy to make their own). It would combine two of my passions- empowering individuals with disabilities and creating and educating others on healthy simple options!

  • Debbie October 19, 2012, 6:06 am

    I’d work with the food shelters and help with literacy for young children

  • Kathryn October 19, 2012, 7:38 am

    If you had asked me 9 months ago, I would’ve said an animal rescue…now that I have my daughter, I’d want a charity to take care of all the babies/children who don’t have a stable, loving, parent to show them how amazing and special they are!

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup October 19, 2012, 7:44 am

    I would like to create a charity that helps the families who have lost a loved one from cancer. After we lost my dad I met with a social worker and she made the biggest impact. If I could help just one person that was going through something similar, I would be happy!

  • pam October 19, 2012, 8:52 am

    I would create a charity for animals.

  • Melanie October 19, 2012, 8:58 am

    Tough question! I think I would want to create a charity that works to support at-risk teens. Having good role models and putting a high value on education is so important, and one person can make a big difference in the life of a child/teen/young adult!

  • Elizabeth October 19, 2012, 9:13 am

    I would like to create an all-inclusive charity that helps to stop the cycle of poverty in our country. We would provide housing and food for families who are in need of help getting back on thier feet. Job coaching and training (education) would be available and necessary for adults as well as a mentoring program. The children would receive nutricious meals and packed lunches as well as the opportunity for a quality education. Once the family has graduated from the program they would receive continuous support and mentor the next group coming in.
    There would also be an opportunity for college scholarships and job mentoring programs once the kids graduate from high school.

  • Katie October 19, 2012, 9:47 am

    I would love to create a retreat charity for the mentally handicapped. It would be similar to a camp set up on the weekends. We would provide outdoor hikes, excursions, and fun parties at night. We would be able to provide this at no cost to the individual.

  • Cayce October 19, 2012, 10:14 am

    Definitely a charity to help animals. I’ve always thought it would be cool to buy some land and adopt shelter animals that can’t be placed elsewhere due to age/illness, etc.

  • Carol October 19, 2012, 10:16 am

    Children. Something for kids. Might be as simple as a playground or as big as a new school.

  • Padma October 19, 2012, 10:31 am

    I want to create a safe haven for girls who have been abandoned by their families in India and provide them with the necessary education and healthcare to be self-reliant. I think it is so important for everyone, especially these girls to receive an education.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 19, 2012, 10:49 am

    such a hard question, but i would want to create an organization that cares for orpahed children and kids in the foster system here in the US. i feel like so many people focus on foreign needs (which is good) but sometimes to the neglect of the kids in the states who are equally in need.

  • AD October 19, 2012, 11:03 am

    With all the money in the world, I would create a program providing free health care to all. Preventative care first and foremost, allowing for education on the importance of healthy lifestyles as a way to decrease the rates of so many chronic disease. With free (high quality) health care, emergency rooms would not be as overcrowded, health care expenditures would not be as high, so many people would not be in debt due to high health care costs, and my hope would be that mortality would decrease from a number of preventable diseases.

  • Tina October 19, 2012, 11:06 am

    What beautiful aprons! I would love to wear one daily in our coffee shop which is a part of our ministry in a small town in Oklahona. I bake cookies, scones, and muffins each day and make quite a mess doing it, so an apron comes in handy. My dream charity would involve helping others identify their gifts and talents and help direct them to mentors who can guide and train them to use their talents to earn a living–I’m a believer in doing what you love because your passion permeates everything and others are drawn into it.

    I love your blog–even though I’m a 49 yr old mom with 3 kids in college, I learn a lot from you! If only it had been around when I was a new mom 25 years ago–it would have been a great resource and comfort.

  • CJ @ Fill the Well October 19, 2012, 11:08 am

    I’d create a charity focused on stopping bullying and promoting nonviolent communication in schools. This is a huge crisis that gets a ton of coverage when something terrible happens (i.e. Amanda Todd), but then quickly falls by the wayside again. This breaks my heart.

    Also, I cannot get enough of that red apron with the blue flower pocket!

  • Emily L October 19, 2012, 11:09 am

    I’d create a charity that supports women’s reproductive health.

  • Brittney October 19, 2012, 11:25 am

    Hmm, hard to decide but dachshund rescue, fertility/miscarriage support, and pancreatic cancer are three causes close to my heart.

  • Allison October 19, 2012, 11:55 am

    My charity would be for ALS. I would love to bring more national awareness what it is. Provide support for the families affected financially and emotionally. I would also love to help caregivers for muscular diseases. My mom deserves a medal for what she has gone through.

  • Elizabeth October 19, 2012, 2:03 pm

    A charity to support teenage foster kiddos.

  • Jen in TX October 19, 2012, 3:32 pm

    The more I read about sex trafficking, the more convinced I am we need safe houses for these women/children. So that’s what I would do.

  • luv what you do October 19, 2012, 8:57 pm

    This is easy…I would love to promote physical activity and sports participation in kids of all abilities!!!

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