Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shannon's Star Silpada Jewelry Fundraiser

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Project Shannon’s Star in Pittsburgh, is having a Silpada jewelry fundraiser!

Now until November 13th 20% of retail sales (before tax and shipping) will be donated to Shannon’s Star.

You can view the online catalog at http://mysilpada.com/sites/linda.thomas1/private/content/home.jsf .

Please e-mail Linda (lthomasrdh@yahoo.com) your order and let her know you are ordering through the Project Sweet Peas fundraiser.

Each and every piece of Silpada Designs jewelry is one of a kind. Silpada artisans meticulously handcraft each piece and incorporate the absolute finest .925 Sterling Silver. Their use of spectacular semiprecious gemstones, natural materials and eclectic designs is what makes Silpada Designs' line of handcrafted jewelry truly exceptional. All Silpada Designs jewelry is backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects – NOT NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR.

Christmas is right around the corner! Buy a gift for someone you know and help support Shannon's Star!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

1,000th Bag Delivered!

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Project Sweet Peas has had a little contest going on our Facebook page to see who could guess when we would reach 1,000 gift bags delivered.

Well, WE DID IT!!

On October 15th, project leader Megan Skaggs of MJ's Memories delivered our 1,000th gift bag!

The winner of the contest was Brett Baer, who guessed October 14th! Congratulations Brett on your new Project Sweet Peas water bottle!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kiernan's Kindness Candle Memorial

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We would like to share about another special event held on this past Friday in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: Kiernan's Kindness Candle Memorial.

On October 15th Kiernan's Kindness lit candles to remember those "gone to soon but not forgotten."

While Kiernan's Kindness's project leader, Julie, originally planned to join the PSP balloon release, she was unable to due to unforeseen circumstances; however, Julie still wanted to honor the angels and pushed on doing her own memorial.

Several candles were lit each bearing the name of an infant or a special name of a pregnancy that ended too soon. Each name was handwritten and included a single heart if representing one baby lost or two hearts if representing a pair of twins lost. Each candle was photographed separately and then beautifully put together to form a pair of angel wings.

Julie wanted the families to know they are all loved and that their special angels got to help in making a special memorial for their families.

There were also candles lit bearing a cause of pregnancy or infant loss to represent those who were not able to be named.

More pictures can be found in an album on the Project Sweet Peas Facebok Page and on the Kiernan's Kindness page on Facebook. Please feel free to tag yourself, friends, and family. Please enjoy the keepsake video montage featured below and know that your angels were remembered in many ways.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

1st Annual Memorial Balloon Release

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This past weekend Project Sweet Peas held our 1st Annual Memorial Balloon Release in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th.

We wanted to honor babies lost by writing their names on balloons, releasing the balloons in remembrance of them, and photographing the balloons. Through our Facebook Page Event Wall, emails, and personal contacts, families from across the country submitted their babies' names to be remembered in our release.

On October 10th we began compiling all the names submitted to us onto one list and then divided the names up amongst the participating projects. We had seven of our local project leaders volunteer to host releases where they lived and take pictures of each balloon released in remembrance of the babies on their list.

Project Sweet Peas is extremely honored to share with you that we had over 400 names submitted and remembered in our release! Therefore, we believe that Project Sweet Peas had the country's largest Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day balloon release this year, and maybe ever!

Project leaders who held the balloon releases have been working all weekend to upload pictures of the balloons to albums on our Facebook Page where people are invited to tag themselves in the picture of their baby's balloon. To find the albums from the balloon releases please view this link to our Project Sweet Peas Facebook Photo Albums. There are several albums, and we hope to have all of the pictures uploaded by tonight at the latest.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their baby's name, participated, helped, and supported our 1st Annual Memorial Balloon Release. Project Sweet Peas is honored to have had the opportunity to help you remember your baby in this way.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Project Sweet Peas is a Registered Non-Profit Organization!

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We have some big news that we are so excited to share with you today! We have officially become Incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania where our headquarters is located!

This means Project Sweet Peas is now an Incorporated Non-Profit Organization!

However, we still DO NOT have tax exempt status; therefore, donations are NOT tax deductible until we have our status approved. Our lawyer is still in the process of filling out and submitting that paperwork in the next couple of weeks.

What this means for the status of Project Sweet Peas as an organization: Project Sweet Peas is a REGISTERED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS WAITING ON APPROVAL FOR OUR 501c3 TAX EXEMPT STATUS.

We will update you as soon as the remainder of our paperwork is completed, and we have our official 501c3 tax exempt status.

We are extremely excited to be making progress on this. Becoming a registered NPO and receiving our 501c3 tax exempt status will be a huge benefit for Project Sweet Peas and will open many new doors for us to expand as an organization, which ultimately will help us help many more families in need.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reminder to "Craft for a Cause"

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We wanted to remind everyone about Craft for Cause ~ 24 days left!

Here's all the information you need to know:

Do you like to sew or craft? You can win $1500 and help Project Sweet Peas win $50,000!

Here's how:

1. Buy your supplies from Jo-Ann Fabrics (save your receipts!!) - find a store near you!

2. Make your items and take a few fun pictures of them

3. Upload them to the Craft for a Cause site at http://www.joann.com/joann/common/content_noleftnav.jsp?catName=craftForaCause

4. In the -Or- Box type "Project Sweet Peas"

5. Donate your items to any of our 15 local projects

6. Wait and see if you are chosen as a $1500 winner

7. VOTE for Project Sweet Peas to win $50,000!!

Contest Dates

Crafting contest begins August 15, 2010 and ends October 30, 2010

Charity voting ends December 4, 2010

Crafters — Enter to Win $1,500 Gift Card

Using materials purchased from Jo-Ann make and donate useful crafted items to your favorite charitable organization. Experience the satisfaction of giving! Submit photo of each donation — crafted items will be judged for prizes! The makers of the top five* crafted items will each win a $1,500 Jo-Ann gift card.

*Judged on creativity, quality & functionality for the charitable organization receiving item. Open to legal U.S. residents age 14 or older. Void in Maryland & Vermont.

Jo-Ann Donates a Total of $90,000 to Three Causes

The three charitable organizations receiving the most donated items become Craft for a Cause finalists. Then you can join other crafters and go online to vote for your favorite among these three.

Please let any of our Board of Directors know if you have any questions!






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