Tuesday, January 15, 2008

what we really need to make this year work.


i have posted our 2008 plan and the details of our first two warm hug giving programs.

what i really need is to have a number of moms who are willing to make a monthly donation towards these programs.

for example-

" i would like to sponsor 10 care packages a month. i will use paypay the first of the month. please email me as a reminder."

our goal is only 80 a month. if there are 8 moms willing to sponsor 10 care packages, our budget is set for the year.

please let me know if you would like to monthly sponsor 1,2 ...10... or more.

thanks so much.

february and march- warm hug care packages details.


after a very successful "adopt a mom" holiday program,i am excited to announce our next two programs. project warm hug donated 122 holiday care packages to local moms in need.

i have changed the name of our 'adopt a mom' to 'warm hug care packages'. this ties our name into the giving program and gives us a little more flexibility with the seasonal themes.

here are the next two month's programs-

february- valentines theme.
a hand-crafted receiving blanket detailed with a heart.
a package of diapers. a package of wipes.
and a little something for the mom.
sponsorship is $40.00
deadline is February 5th.
to be delivered on February 12-14th.
goal is 80 packages.

march- spring theme.
books, a hand-crafted book bag and a see's chocolate bunny. these packages will be donated to local kids in need.
sponsorship is $40.00
deadline is March 5th.
to be delivered on March 19-21st.
goal is 160 packages.

additional bunnies can be ordered as a fundraiser for
project warm hug at $5.00 each. these are from SEE'S!
they can be ordered to donate or to receive...
projectwarm hug receives $2.50 per bunny.

please let me know how you would like to participate!
thanks so much.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Project Warm Hug's 2008 plan!


I hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season.

William and I have been spending time at home in slow motion.
It has been great to look back and reflect on last year's efforts.
Below is Project Warm Hug's plan for 2008.
I would love your comments and suggestions.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is our 2008 plan.

To begin with the organization that we were working with in 2007, Friends Outside has eliminated a number of their programs, including ours.

This has been a huge disappointment especially since Friends Outside was founded by my grandmother.

In spite of this decision, Project Warm Hug will continue as a community program that collects and distributes warm clothing, diapers and books to local families in need.

The volume of this program will be confined to my garage and limited time each week. Last year, we donated #60,000 items! up from 21,000 for 2006.

I introduced to new programs last year; our 'adopt a family and adopt a mom' holiday giving programs. We gifted 21 families with over 200 gifts and gifted 122 moms with 'warm hug care packages'. Because of the success of these programs, I have decided to expand these programs to year round giving.

These families in need really need our assistance year round not just at the holidays.

Each month we will have a couple of families identified that need to be gifted. I will post the monthly wish lists on our blog at projectwarmhug.blogspot.com.

You can email me with the items that you would like to gift. The first two families are posted below. #01 and #02.

Our "adopt a mom" program quickly has shown that it is our most successful program for a couple of reasons.

This program combines Big Heart Designs with Project Warm Hug's efforts. Not only does a mom in need receive a "warm hug care package", a portion of the sponsorship is used for Project Warm Hug's operating expenses, a portion is used to create our "emergency fund".

The 'warm hug care package' includes a Big Heart Designs hand-crafted blanket valued at $24.00, diapers and wipes, a couple of books to read to their babies, and a special gift just for the mom.

The entire package will be valued at over $50.00. Big Heart Design's gifts are hand crafted by local moms who are looking for an opportunity to successfully work from home. This is a win all the way around!!

Each 'warm hug care package' sponsorship is $40.00.
My goal is to create and donate 1000 warm hug care packages this year!!!

Individual and monthly sponsorships are welcome. 1000 sponsorships will provide all necessary funding to continue Project Warm Hug as a community program, an emergency fund that will help many moms in need, and provide me with a "paycheck" to continue all of my efforts and also gift 1,000 moms in need!!!

So, our financial goal for 2008 is for 1000 'warm hug care packages' to be sponsored.
It is as simple as that. 20 warm hug care packages a week! (for 50 weeks).

I am hoping to jump start this year by receiving at least 100 sponsorships.
You can pay for your sponsorships via paypal.com or by sending a check.
I am happy to give you details for each.
I will be able to give you a receipt from the organization that receives your care packages.
Email me if you are interested in this program.
Here is an overview of our 2007 results!
number of items donated- ~60,000last year- ~21,000
number of families gifted- 21last year- 0/ new program
number of moms gifted- 122last year- 0/ new program
donation sites- 12last year- 0 new program.
we were ~$2500 short of meeting our out of pocket expenses.
we were 100% short of the $14000 to provide me with a monthly stipend. (for the last 14 months) these amounts will be set up as a note payable for 2008.

Here is a list of how you can make a difference.
~host a diaper drive.
~host a book drive.~host a clothing drive.
~sponsor a family's wish list or a few items on it.
~sponsor a warm hug care package monthly.
~tell a friend about our efforts.
~donate gift cards.
~volunteer an hour or two.
~host an "evening of giving"

It has been great to be able to have the time to put this plan together. I am excited about our new year-round giving programs as a way to give, fund and provide.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. I am thrilled that we have made such a difference in the lives of so many families in need.

with warm hugs.megan

2008 Family Wishlist #02

Struggling family in San Bruno.
Father trying to support family.
Special needs baby born very premature, mother unable to work as baby requires 24 hour care.
Gift Certicates to places she shops at:
Pack and Save
Old Navy
Foot Locker
Foot Action
Clothes for Mom "Tilema"Shirts: 2xSweaters: 2xPants: 18socksShoes: size 9
Clothes for baby" Nephi" 10 months old Diapers Size 3 Wipes shirts 2T months pants 18 months socks Size 2blankets crib sheets King sheets, blankets, and comforter (any color in fine as long as they match)king pillows
Husband " Isaac"Shirts-3X or 4XJacket-4XPants-42/32socksShoes-13

2008 Family Wishlist- #01

have a single mother in san mateo who does not speak english and is raising her 2 year old on her own.
She is a wonderful mom living on very little.
She does not have a car to drive her around.
Her needs are:
Silverwear: she has 2 spoons and 2 forksplates:
she has 2, cups:
she has 1sippy cups:
she has 1 new king sheets new king comforter and blanket
Television (20" or larger) with DVD would be great
she would appreciate a gift card to (these are the only stores she canget to by walking):
Key Market KMart Target
Clothes for mom " Vitalina":Pants (size 14)Shirts (L)Sweatshirts (L)Jackets (L)Shoes (size 7) white tennis and any black shoeSocks
Clothes for 2 year old girl "Maria":long sleeve and short Shirts: 3TPants: 3TJackets: 3TShoes:7 ½Socks