Softies For Mirabel is go!
Not only are we making cute toys for great kids again this year, we’ve got a brand new TEA AND TREAT mailing program for the Mirabel kid’s carers! Read on to find out how to be part of one or both!
So what’s it all about?
Softies For Mirabel is a handmade toy drive to benefit the children (and carers) The Mirabel Foundation supports. These ace kids have had a pretty tough time. One or both parents have had issues with illicit drug addiction and associated health issues. Many Mirabel 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. You can read some of their stories here.
Giving good kids cute toys is UBER important because you can chat about 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.
And speaking of carers, this year I thought it would be great to send tea and treats for the carers of the Mirabel kids. They are often caring for kids in the twilight years of their life and it’d be great if they could have a nice cuppa and bit of chocolate or a biscuit on you, right? (See below for the guidelines on what you can send.)
So let’s get this happening and provide some cute, made with love/packed with love stuff to talk about and sip with. 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!
Make sure you read over the guidelines and leave any questions below:
- The hashtags for social media are #SoftiesForMirabel and #SoftiesForMirabelTeaAndTreats – tag @meetmeatmikes and @mirabelfoundation if you share on Instagram!
- 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.
- Tea and treats should be in their original, unopened packaging – not homemade – for health and safety reasons.
- 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 Instagram each week.
- Deadline is 20th February 2017 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!)