Feel Good Charity Challenge Winners
We like to thank all that participated in our Feel Good Charity Challenge. We’ve never done this type of challenge before and were thrilled to see so many involved. What we learned throughout was the kindness and the importance that many crocheters felt with the organization of their choice. Whether it is because it is local or a personal relationship/awareness, the organizations that each crocheter donated to was quite vital to them. As with any challenges that we have done and to the winners, we congratulate you on the random draw. However, if we were to look at all the amazing and wonderful donations, the winners are all of you that made something with your heart to give for those that need it most. The true winners of are the people in need. So a very huge thank you to you all!
Usually with our challenges, people will crochet up something, snap a picture and send it to us for the entry. Over the years, people have emailed us asking us to do a challenge where charity is the foundation of the idea. Most of the requests wanted us to have everyone select a particular charity and flood a charity with it. Knowing that not everyone has extra money for postage and how do we control who actually sends an item, it makes it pretty much impossible.
So our version was for crocheters to choose which organization or outreach that meant something to them. Most of the people who participated did charity outreaches to places that we have never heard of before. In fact, we learned a lot from this.
Community Leaders to us are the people who set an example and show us their delivery method. They had a choice to deliver in person or provide us mailing proof that a donation has been set. Most of the Community Leaders delivered their goods in person to places in their own community. Due to them setting an example and providing us a detailed write up about their outreach, Community Leaders were publicly recognized on Facebook when I was entering them. Many people learned there were crocheters in their areas. Others learned their local places were accepting donations for items like hats and afghans. These people who educated us, provided information through their own actions of donating which may trickle to more assistance provided by crocheters in the future. Most of us wouldn’t have even known about it. This to us, made them Community Leaders. Through education and putting their wishes into real life action, we were inspired.
While there was complaints initially when the challenge was launched about prizes being randomly selected for the entries, let’s be honest, most of the people who contributed and made things would have done so for their charity of choice anyway. They don’t need an additional prize to put their hooks into action to help others. But hey, a surprise box of yarn at the doorstep just means more donations for these people. Usually those who give to charity expect nothing but gratitude in return.
All the draws were completely random. Over the years, Daniel and I have got to know people’s names and have met some people who entered. We left it to a 3rd Party to select the winners to prevent any bias or favourtism. We felt better about that because we know, first hand, some of the entries were submitted by crocheters who do a lot of charity and a box of yarn would be a huge asset to them to continue their work. To be fair though, everyone had a fair shot.
We have three photo galleries assigned for this challenge. One is for the hats, one is for the afghans and the community leaders had their own. Community Leaders had an additional opportunity to win with their donations being counted as separate entries for the hats and afghan categories. You can view the galleries and see incredible charity work.
Randomly Selected Winners
- Community Leaders Prize of 50 Caron Simply Soft Yarn Balls went to Kathryn Davis.
- Hats Category Prize of 25 Caron Simply Soft Yarn Balls went to Mary Green.
- Afghan Category Prize of 25 Caron Simply Soft Yarn Balls went to Vikki Higginbotham.
4 Additional Community Leaders were chosen. Each of these people will be getting a 1 Page Write Up about their charity giving in the next 4 editions of Mikey Magazine. Congratulations to:
- Stephanie Cadorette
- Luise Waldhauser
- Karen Dietrich
- Tiffany Skerrett
Once again, these were completely random selections. They are not based on the amount of items given or which charities they were chosen. It was run like a lotto draw.
Special thanks to everyone who participated. I was really touched by this particular challenge. I learned lots and I appreciated your support. Remember, you don’t need prizes or a challenge to get you to help others. Helping others is available 24-7, 365 days a year. Look around your community and see how you can get involved so you can “Feel Good” too!