Today I have a heap of cards bound for Romania.
Regular visitors may remember that earlier in the year my daughter Sophie set about fund raising, with 4 other girls from her university, for a charity that helps orphans in Romania. As well as the many kind donations from members of the public, Sophie and her friends also ran their own fundraising events from selling popcorn and donuts to packing bags in supermarkets and selling my handmade cards. Everyone's efforts raised about £5000, which is AMAZING!!!
Their next step was to go out to Romania to meet some of the children who would benefit from the money. They spent 3 weeks this summer living in an orphanage helping to rebuild parts of the building, organising and playing games with the children, painting nails and faces, listening to them read as well as lots of arts n' crafts and sports activities.
If she'd been able to, I don't think Sophie would have returned home, she built up such a close relationship with the children. On the day she got back we just sat talking about the children and their lives and had a big ol' cry together. It really is heartbreaking.
However, it didn't end there. Sophie has continued to keep in touch with the children online and she and the 4 girls from her university, that she went to Romania with, have clubbed together and bought Christmas presents for all of the children.
These are just some of the gifts they bought for them.
(Sorry about the blurry photo)
I've made personalised Christmas cards for them all using these cute little Polar Bears from My Favorite Things and the brilliant Calligraphy Alpha set from Altenew. I stamped lots of the bears onto white card, coloured them with Promarkers and fussy-cut them before adding them to the card fronts with their names stamped on.
There are some cards you make that just give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside and there are some things our kids do that make our hearts almost burst with pride.