Yay! It’s finally time for Softies For Mirabel to roll out for the year! This is one of my very favourite Meet Me At Mike’s ideas. Who knew, 9 years ago, that ace people would make thousands of soft toys for The Mirabel Foundation kids? Not me, that is for sure. (Remember when Vogue Japan made a video about it?! That was pretty nuts!)
So what’s it all about?
Softies For Mirabel is a handmade toy drive to benefit The Mirabel Foundation kids.
The Mirabel Foundation supports kids whose lives are affected by parental illicit drug use. You can read some of their stories here. These are great kids whose parents have unfortunately had some serious problems with addiction and associated health issues. Many kids have had the harrowing experience of being abandoned or losing their parents to drugs. All are in the care of loving relatives and The Mirabel Foundation supports everyone in all kinds of ways including counselling and respite care.
They are really GOOD people and it’s important to help them raise awareness of the work they do. Also, giving kids cute toys is UBER important because you can tell all kinds of important things to a soft toy, right? That can be a really important thing. Not only that, these toys start lovely, positive conversations between kids and their family carers – when often the conversations might have been about other SUPER tough things. So let’s get this happening and provide some cute, made with love stuff to talk about (at least some of the time!)
Whether you are new to the program or a tried and true Softies For Mirabel veteran, there are some things you need to know about this year’s drive. So listen up!
Here’s what you need to do to be part of this (and BOY would we love you to be part of this!)
1. Make a toy for the Mirabel Foundation kids.
2.Remember the theme! Yes! We have a theme this year! The theme is ‘all creatures great and small‘
3. Upload a photo of your handmade toy (softie!) to Instgram using the #SoftiesForMirabel tag (if you can!)
4. Send your finished toy/s to: PO Box 1320, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182, Australia
5. Know that it will be matched with a great kid (according to personality, age appropriateness and safety considerations.)
6. Do all this by 20th February 2016 (or sooner!)
A few things are different this year (Extended deadline – so you can make over the Summer! A THEME – so you can get even more creative! A new postal address – because we are sending direct to Mirabel this year!) Make sure you read over the guidelines and leave any questions below.
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 also 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. We don’t need new toys or other kinds of handmade items, but thank you! I am sure all that makes sense to you!
I’m going to profile our (mine and Mirabel’s!) favourites on my blog and Instagram each week. 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 copy any images in this post and use them across social media or blogs to share the word. GO. FOR. IT.
If you’d like to see what people made over previous years you can check the #SoftiesForMirabel tag on Instagram or look at the Flickr group or here!
Thank you so much if you have ever taken part in this drive – and indeed if you are going to help us this year. YOU ARE THE BEST!