Te necesitamos

A couple of weeks ago, I sent out an email about our first project.

Our campaign to raise $7,000 for shipment and dispersement of these donations still needs funding.  $5 dollars is all we are asking for! If you’re not able to make a donation to help right now, that’s okay.

But there’s another way you can help. Would you be willing to simply follow the campaign?

I’ll be honest. I’m hoping the more you know about these women and children, and how important this is to them – the more you’ll want to be part of building a better future for them.

Of course, it would be awesome if you decided to donate $5 -But if you’re not ready to donate, please follow the campaign and keep these women and children in your thoughts and prayers.

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Make it Count

 “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” -St. Augustine

My friend Cyrus shared this video and it was exactly what I needed.  As I write this I am thinking of my oldest daughter, Emery, who just turned 4 today.  We stayed up late watching this video and others like it.  It was precious to see her begin to understand the significance of travel and meeting/helping children in different parts of the world.   On Sunday she will be traveling with our youngest, Gigi (2), to Honduras for 6 weeks.  This will be their third trip overseas.  Many of our friends and family don’t understand how we can send them away for such a long period of time and SO far away, but the truth is I want them to know how blessed they are and meet other children in this world that they could share so much with.  Please pray for them to have safe travels!  Hope you enjoy the video and I hope it inspires you to get up and do something different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxfZkMm3wcg 

We need your help

Consignment is a booming trend in the United States.  In theory it is a win-win situation for everyone involved.  Mothers get to sell their gently used children and maternity items while others are able to buy items at a fraction of retail price.  Local communities also benefit by receiving some of the items that do not sell during the sale.  But, WHAT IF we took this amazing concept of consignment and made a difference globally?  That is exactly what we are trying to do with the DAR Project.

What’s in a name?  Why the Dar Project?  “Dar” means “to give” in Spanish, and at its core, that is exactly what this project is about – giving.

Our Mission

The DAR Project partners with consignment sales around the country to collect children and women’s maternity items for distribution to low income communities both domestically and abroad.  Additionally, with the donations, DAR helps teach communities in countries abroad “to fish” by empowering locals to start their own small resale business as a way to provide income for their families and their communities.

What we need

As you can imagine we have our work cut out for us.  Shipping is NOT cheap and we need your continued support to make what we do possible; that is to give out some of the most important human needs for a child – clothing and toys.  We are trying to raise $7,000 to fund our first trip to Central America and give HOPE to these children and women.  Please consider helping us make our mission possible by contributing a small monetary donation.

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Earthly Benefits

The older I’ve become the more earth cautious I find myself being. I have found this crazy energy in executing my passion of giving back all while still tying in earthly benefits.  When I got pregnant with my first daughter I discovered seasonal consignment sales.  I was immediately HOOKED!  If you love shopping as much as I do, you probably already know that consignment sales and shops are one of the most cost-effective and eco-friendly ways to go.

A surprising number of people replace clothes after only a few wearings, and consignment sales and shops give a second life to these gently used unwanted items. For the shoppers, consignment is a great way to find incredible deals. It’s not unusual to score designer clothes in still great condition for 70% or more off the original price! Consignment is also great for the environment because they help conserve resources and prevent perfectly good clothing, and shoes from ending up in the garbage and ultimately landfills.  But what about all the items that still don’t sell?

As an eco-fashionista with a passion for giving back, starting the DAR Project has been my perfect green-topia. So what are the earthly benefits linked to DAR?  

Let’s just start by one shirt.  According to Planet Aid, by donating a shirt, you remove it from going straight to what is known as the “solid waste stream.” This is the universal dumping ground for items we don’t recycle. Our solid waste usually winds up in one of two places. It gets buried in a landfill, which can contaminate soil and groundwater, consume valuable land, and emit some horrific odors. Alternatively, your old clothes are torched in a huge incinerator that gives off microscopic particles that we breathe, and spews out clouds of greenhouse gases that heat and clog the atmosphere.

Neither option is good for us, right? By donating your items after you have tried to resell them, two good things happen. We eliminate the need to produce a new item, and we remove an item from going to the solid waste stream. Win # 1.  Win #2? We create sustainable jobs and HOPE, to families living in extreme poverty in 3rd, 4th, and 5th world nations.  Think about it… Think to DAR.