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:: Softies For Mirabel 2013

It’s Softies For Mirabel time again! I wanted to give you plenty of time to get making, so we are launching a wee bit earlier than usual!

Softies For Mirabel is a handmade toy drive. We all join forces and make a toy (or a few!) for The Mirabel Foundation kids.

The Mirabel Foundation supports kids who are affected by parental substance abuse (and their extended family/carers.)  It’s important to reach out to these great kids and to raise awareness for Mirabel.  This is a cool handmade way to help! Win!

If you’d like to get a feel for how this works, you can see previous year’s toys in our Softies For Mirabel Flickr group! Or search the #softiesformirabel tag on Instagram.

This year, we’ve changed things up a bit!  The CAE have offered us a great display space in their InfoShop where the softies will be displayed this December (not in our Fitzroy shop window!)  We thought a super central city location would be a GREAT idea and the CAE have helped us by sponsoring the space. Thank YOU to Sue and the lovely CAE people.  (It’s in Degraves St so it’s SUPER EASY to access!)

Toys can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. They need to be suitable for great kids as they may well become someone’s NEW BEST FRIEND! There are no other special requirements re materials or the like. Will you help us by making a toy? Perhaps your craft group, workmates or school would like to help too?!

Download an A4 poster here and spread the word!

Feel free to post any questions in the comments below! I will answer as quickly as I can! Are you going to take part this year?!

x Pip

Please note, we are not looking for new toys or donated new items, but thank you anyway!


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    Robyna @ theMummyandtheMinx
    October 6, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Definitely going to take part – but just a query: do you find you have enough softies for boys? My five year old wants to help and that will prolly mean an ewok or other star wars softie. Is that okay? Also, are baby softies also needed or aim more at the 2 and up age group?

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      October 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Oh ace! We always have a great variety of softies – and we need them for all ages, yes! Sometimes we get robots and sometimes ballerinas and sometimes elephants! All are just GREAT! x

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