One of the reasons we love being a part of this great crafting community is that we are there for each other to show our support and help out. We are very excited to be joining a special campaign by Lasting Hearts throughout the month of February and March. This is a great cause and we hope you would consider participating in it with us!
What is Lasting Hearts?
Here is a bit more detail on Lasting Hearts, written by the founder Kimberly:
Lasting Hearts was created to help comfort parents, mothers in particular, who have lost a piece of their heart. Losing a child, whether in pregnancy or older, can be one of the hardest pains a parent can endure. We would like to raise awareness and show other mothers that they are not alone, that they are stronger than they realize, and that there are people out there who care dearly.
We ourselves know this specific pain as we had lost twins in the first trimester of our pregnancy in early 2015. We were absolutely heartbroken. We kept our loss private for some time, not knowing how to express our grief and slightly afraid of the stigma that comes with miscarriages. It was too painful to speak of and too agonizing to share. One of the first people I reached out to was my dear friend, Amy, who had lost her son towards the end of her pregnancy and who knew the heartache all too well. I looked to her for her strength and for guidance on how she’s been able to continue to be a great mom to her young daughter after losing her infant son. A couple of days later I received a book from Amy, “You are the Mother of all Mothers” by Angela Miller. After only reading a few pages, I finally let myself accept for the first time that what happened to us was not my fault and that I did have the strength to continue to be a better mom and wife. The book’s encouraging message is conveyed in a way that is thoughtful, uplifting, compassionate and relatable.
With a newfound strength, we brought this book to our amazing OBGYN who agreed to distribute these without any hesitation. The author, Angela Miller, has graciously agreed to offer 40% off the list price so that we may help those who are in the disheartening situation we were once in. I cant help but think of the mothers who don’t have support, don’t know where to turn, or just need to know that “No one else could carry this unrelenting burden as courageously. It is the heaviest, most torturous burden there is”.
Please help us by donating or sending a sympathy card. The price of each book is a donation of $12. Any amount helps. We would like to help as many mothers one book and handmade card at a time. Thank you all in advance for your time, thoughts, and prayers.
Altenew's support for the campaign:
Altenew is donating $200 to Lasting Hearts to support this wonderful cause. We hope our humble contribution will allow Lasting Hearts to reach as many mothers as possible out there who can use a bit of comfort in their lives. Thank you Kimberly for allowing us to be a part of this!
How can I join Altenew to show my support?
We would LOVE for you to show support by donating a bit of your amazing cardmaking talents! Our good friend Jennifer McGuire is hosting a card drive so the mothers can receive a book with a handmade card.
Altenew will be giving away one $100 Altenew gift certificate, and for those who send handmade cards during the campaign period is eligible for this giveaway. Please see below to see how you can participate:
- Please create cards using a sentiment like: sending hugs, sorry for your loss, thinking of you, in my prayers, in my thoughts.
- Please include an envelop for each card you are sending, and make sure they are unsealed.
- You can send as many cards as you would like.
- To be eligible for the giveaway, please include a post-it note with Altenew, your name, and your email address. (one post-it note per package, please.)
- All card donations with the post-it note that arrive before 03/15 are eligible for this giveaway.
- Please send cards to:
Lasting Hearts Card Drive
2892 N Bellflower Blvd Ste 216
Long Beach Ca 90815
We carry few stamp sets with the sentiments that would be appropriate for this card drive:
- Bejeweled Stamp Set
- Fresh Freesia Stamp Set
- Sentiments & Qoutes Stamp Set
- Thinking of You Stamp Set
- Any of our floral stamps would make great background or centerpieces for the cards
We hope you can join us in this lovely campaign. Thank you in advance for participating!