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 This was originally made with the intention of it being a donation.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, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com