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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-18-2010 02:34 AM 2100 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife, Rita, manages a daily program that keeps adults with developmental disabilities busy. She works personally with these individuals and we see first hand how this program enriches the lives of the participants and their families. Most of them are affected by down syndrome.

We choose to support this program every year with donations for the fundraising auction. This year I donated the red bamboo sofa table. This was originally made with the intention of it being a donation.



Rita wanted to put together a package with a couple bottles of wine and a gift certificate donated from a local Italian restaurant. We know the manager so getting a donation from them was easy but I am sure they would support the program anyway.

To round out the package I made some oak boxes with extended through dovetails and a black walnut bottom. The dovetails are pinned with small dowels to lock them together. Rita bought a bag of colorful, curly wood shavings and we used that as a filler around the bottles.



Rita also does catering and personal cheffing so she donated one dessert a month for a year.

Between the two of us we brought in $950 for the program. This was a bit of a disappointment on one hand because this was the lowest we have ever brought in. The auction just did not seem as strong this year, in the past we have brought in $2,000 to $2,300 collectively. On the positive side, we could not have written a check for $950 to support the program and my table brought in the largest bid of all the items.

This will not deter us from continuing to donate and support this cause or any others that we believe in. I encourage woodworkers to find a cause that you believe in and move to support it by donating a project for auction. Almost every organization has an annual fundraising dinner and auction.

What you choose to support is a personal matter and everybody has their favorites.

Share the Love~Support A Local Charity

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 02:40 AM

Wow Todd
Great cause and a strikingly beautiful table . Very nice wine boxes too. Thanks for your caring contribution
both you and your wife.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 02:42 AM

Very cool…Hoorah to both of you.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 02:57 AM

Todd, this is a wonderful gesture from both of you. You two certainly are an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 03:02 AM

Todd, You are a class act for sure! The table is awesome! I love the tapered legs & all the curves in the skirts. Especially the contrast of wood & black, stunning! The box is sweet also with the care to do such fine work everyone who sees it will remember your name!

-- $tudie

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 03:08 AM

Thanks guys.

Studie – I knocked those boxes out as fast as I could. I was not going for picky work but they turned out great.

I just rubbed them down with Watco Danish Oil and they look fantastic.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 03:08 AM

Great job Todd. It is always nice to know a fellow human being who cares enough to help others.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 03:29 AM

Hey Todd, great projects and a great blog. Don’t get too disappointed in the $950.00 you raised. The economy is in a slump and I bet a lot of charities are feeling a little light in the donations department. Hopefully things will get better soon.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 04:12 AM

That is a fine thing you have done. A beautiful table and boxes.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 04:48 AM

Your right about supporting the community, you did a great job of providing to the auction. With this economy there is no telling how much money is available.
Myself I support the Shriners Hospitals for children. As a Shriner I have many chances to see the good that comes from our Hospitals. We are still able to provide care to the familys with out charge to them or anyone else. We had a good scare this past year with the cahnges we have seen in the markets. We had to make some changes but with Gids will all will work out.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 05:09 AM

Todd….another nice gesture on your part. I have followed your work and your comments to others for about six months now and I can honestly say that I am not surprised that you did this and that the gifts were as nicely done as they were. You sir are a class act ! Thank you for all that you do.

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#11 posted 01-18-2010 05:21 AM

mike85215 – Very kind and encouraging words. Thank you.

I hope to motivate others to support programs in their own areas. The LJ’s have a lot of talent, let’s put it too good use!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 05:36 AM

Good job and good cause Todd. My wife and daughter have volunteered at Campfire Girls for since our kids were little and in the programs. This last year they almost cancelled the summer day camp program because people could not afford to send their kids. It is not surprising that donatoins are dowm in this economy.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 01-18-2010 06:32 AM

Todd you are a true inspiration to us all! Your work and craftsmanship is amazing.

I think the economy hurts everyone especially organizations that depend on donations. My wife is a director of a Pregnancy Resource Center, they are a non-profit that help teenage girls who are pregnant and need help, they give them alternatives to abortion and help them with donations earned for taking classes on nutrition and child care, and try to share the Gospel with them. I have made a few pieces for their annual auctions and it’s an awesome feeling to help others with your gifts.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 01-18-2010 06:52 AM

Todd, these projects are great and are going to a good cause.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#15 posted 01-18-2010 07:34 AM

It is great to see all the feedback of how LJ members are involved with various charities. It is clear that they are feeling the economic pinch.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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