Woodworkers Help Save the Children #1: Idea

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 08-27-2007 10:57 PM 9396 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our Summer Woodworking Awards Event has come and gone and the Award recipients are already enjoying their well-deserved gifts.

With yet another challenge completed, it’s time to start planning our next event and what better time to think of helping others than right now. Not only is the change of seasons heading us towards the time of year that many children look forward to (Christmas) but many children are also being threatened right now, by the effects of natural disasters as well as the travesties of war.

With these events in mind we have approached “Save the Children” about doing a fundraising event around the world to raise money to help children in need.

Save the Children is an organization that has offices around the world and their goal is to help children in need, with health care, emergency needs, education, and other issues.

The Challenge Idea

  • woodworkers create a project to auction/raffle/sell, with the proceeds going to Save the Children
  • a fundraising event is set up in the woodworker’s own area (ex. a raffle box or silent auction is set up in the local pharmacy)
  • promotional materials for the individual events are provided by Save the Children and
  • funds raised are sent to Save the Children (where 85 cents of every dollar goes towards the children’s needs).

More information will follow as we iron out the details. But until then: start planning and start building. Together, we will make a difference!

P.S. Debbie, thanks for all your hard work on this so far ;)

24 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-27-2007 11:07 PM

A most remarkable idea . . . the wheels are turning.

Man, you gotta love this group.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 08-27-2007 11:08 PM

Both thumbs up for this one Martin!!

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#3 posted 08-27-2007 11:28 PM

Great idea Martin. This one takes the cake. Goo-Rah! Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 08-28-2007 12:12 AM

Outstanding Idea Martin! You have picked an wonderfull organization as well, Feed the Children has been doing great work for a very long time both in North American and overseas. Ok LJ’ers, let sharpen those chisels, put a new blade on the table saw, and let’s get to work. This is for a great cause, kids.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 08-28-2007 12:19 AM

Great project. Great cause.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Roger Strautman

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#6 posted 08-28-2007 12:43 AM

This sounds like a real challenge and adventure. I like it!!! I think I might make two projects.
Now if only I can find some suckers to but my carvings. LOL!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-28-2007 12:46 AM


All of the above!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 08-28-2007 01:30 AM

What they said!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 08-28-2007 02:00 AM

OK – sounds like a very worthwhile idea.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 08-28-2007 02:26 AM

Got lots of ideas, but when is the deadline ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 08-28-2007 02:35 AM

the details aren’t ironed out yet. You’ll just have to be patient – but planning and building can get started. There are no limits as to what you can build. Big, small… doesn’t matter.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 08-28-2007 02:54 AM

What Mot said…........... the wheels of invention are turning in my head …..with smoke coming out my ears.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 08-28-2007 03:04 AM

This will be interesting. Doing things for the kiddos is always good!

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Bob Babcock

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#14 posted 08-28-2007 03:15 AM

Very cool….....

I already have a project for this one. My paddles already have some pretty good exposure in the Stand Up Paddleboard circles. I can build 90% and then customize the length to suit the winner.

One issue I have is that my auction needs to be web based. I don’t think my paddle would sell very well locally. What about getting eBay involved?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#15 posted 08-28-2007 04:35 AM

When it comes to helping the ‘little people’ you can count me in.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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