Project: We See You (February) – A Story About StoryPeople.
Man, I can’t believe how behind I am on everything.
Yes I can.
February was filled with stuffed-up babies and spousal kidney stones.
Things are still a bit crazy, but I wanted to give you an update on February’s Project: We See You.
I wasn’t nearly as proactive as I should have been with last month’s project. This has nothing to with my passion, which hasn’t dwindled in the least, I’m just having a time figuring out how to navigate between being charitable and just plain obnoxious. Because, like I’ve said before, I don’t expect everyone to just keep giving giving and giving, because hello burnout, paying bills, feeding your children, and…life.
Nevertheless, I’ve still managed to collect some really wonderful things; things that will go a long way in turning these houses into homes.
After the Coalition sent me a list of the items needed for each unit – things most of us never even think about – I put out the call and, within a week, had collected many of them!
Then, my sweet and talented artist-friend, Brittany, had the most brilliant, thoughtful idea: We should donate pieces of art to pretty up the walls of each unit.
Why didn’t I think of that?
So, for the past month she’s been putting her all into a happy, colorful, and beautiful drawing. I’ll get multiple prints, so that each of these earth-friends we’re lending a hand to will have one.
And, the dominoes continued to fall, sparking an idea.
Having been a long time fan of Storypeople (they are my go-to when I need inspiration, or a gift for a friend), I took a shot, asking them if they’d consider donating one or two of their inspiring prints to this cause.
Being that my name is not Dooce Zapata, I didn’t hold my breath. But, even still, they got back to me less than a day later.
We would love to donate ten matted prints of your choosing.
Enough for all the units presently being filled.
I scoured ALL of their art, but was only able to whittle the list down to about thirty…thirty that I thought would fit this mission. I sent those to the Coalition, and asked them to choose ten.
Within two weeks of my email to StoryPeople, the box was at my door.
I ripped into it.
The words on each of their prints always make me look like I just sliced 100 giant onions.
They truly speak to every part of my soul.
*Print title and link below each photo*
Thankfully, they were wrapped up tight, protecting them from my snot and tears because gross.
I’m taking them to Micheal’s to be framed, then I’ll drop them off at the Coalition, along with the rest of the goods (microwave, sheets, pots, pans, dinnerware, glassware, utensils, and more).
In the interest of getting this done, and begging for a few more used pots and pans, I’m running February’s project into March.
I’ll start a new one in April.
Last, but not least, I’d like you to know that StoryPeople didn’t ask me for one single thing in return for their generosity – no social media mention, no name-dropping, no blog post…nada.
This tells me everything I need to know about the kind of company (and people) they are; I’m so happy I’ve been giving way too much money to them for so long.
THANK YOU, StoryPeople!
Because of you, ten people who’ve been given a second chance will wake up to your words each day.
And, thanks to all for pitching in, with your donations and/or your words.