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Crafting For A Cause: Softies For Mirabel is go!

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Softies For Mirabel is our world-famous handmade toy drive to benefit the children (and carers) The Mirabel Foundation supports. 

Let me tell you a little bit more ..? Cool.

The children Mirabel assist have had a challenging start to life. One or both parents have had problems with substance abuse – and related issues. In fact, many Mirabel kids have had been abandoned – or orphaned because of drug use.

BUT – they are NOW being looked after by caring relatives – and The Mirabel Foundation supports the whole gang in all kinds of ways – including counselling and respite care (and other things too.)

You can read some of their stories here OR scroll down to find out about this ace thing we do every year to send even more love in the Mirabel kids’ direction. Or do both of those things. That would be great.

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How to be part of Softies for Mirabel!

Make a toy, share a photo of it on social media (if you like!) and then send it on to The Mirabel Foundation. It will be matched with the exact right child and be a very special buddy to a very ace kid. Read over the guidelines – and leave any questions below for me to answer!

  • The hashtag for social media is #SoftiesForMirabel – tag @meetmeatmikes and @mirabelfoundation if you share on Instagram and would like us to see!
  • Your toy should be handmade (with love!) and ready for an ace kid.
  • It’s okay to use buttons and other findings because the special Mirabel Foundation toy/kid matchmaker will make sure that toys with buttons or other fancy bits don’t go to small children or babies.
  • It’s quite good if you don’t name your toy – kids love naming them all by themselves.
  • You can send a letter to The Mirabel Foundation staff with your toy – but best not to write a note to the recipient of your toy because it’s important to make sure they are not getting notes from people they don’t really know. Makes sense, right? Here is the address: The Mirabel Foundation,
    PO Box 1320, St Kilda South, Victoria, 3182, Australia.
  • We don’t need new toys or other kinds of handmade items, but thank you!
  • Check the hashtag on Instagram for new favourites each week – or for ideas and toys from previous years.
  • Deadline is 27th February 2018 but you can get making, snapping, treating and sending any time from now.

This is such a great way to celebrate making, ace kids, crafty talent and community. You really should take part (or get your office or school making as a gang! The more the merrier!)

Feel free to share the details – or images/text in this post – with fellow makers, too!

Are you in?!

x Pip

See lots of toys that people have kindly made – like the ones below – here!

Softies for Mirabel -

Softies For Mirabel -

  • Lydia Moore
    December 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Hi is there a drop off point in Melbourne somewhere, so I can save money on postage?

    • Pip
      December 31, 2017 at 11:12 AM

      You can get in touch with The Mirabel Foundation and see if you can coordinate that with them? Thank you so much for your interest, Lydia. x

  • Jolan Bogsanyi
    November 30, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Why is there a deadline?

    • Pip
      November 30, 2017 at 7:50 PM

      There is a deadline so we can all rally and make toys together, and so that Mirabel can spend a defined period receiving and sharing the toys they are sent. It’s really a way to galvanise the crafting community for this set period. But you can actually send them at any time of year 🙂

  • Jess Mancuso
    November 13, 2017 at 2:34 AM

    I’m in Pip 🙂 Can’t wait!!

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