Simple Gifts 2012 Open House Update – and fundraising totals!!!

Dear Friends and Family,
The numbers are all in, and I just wanna shout that you did SUCH GREAT STUFF for those in need!   A huge thank you from the bottom of our wee lil’ hearts!
Here’s the wonderful nitty gritty:

**Hurricane Sandy Relief – You raised $31.50 for the American Red Cross, through your donations and purchases of items made by the Kerwin kiddos.   Thank you!   For those who may still like to help those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, either through monetary donations or items urgently needed, I’d like to share a link to our church’s website:   Volunteers from Fairview Village Church have been making weekly deliveries to Far Rockaway, NY, to deliver the collected items and donations to an impoverished area that literally has nothing left.   Please visit the church website to see how you can help.  Thank you so much!

**Three Below & My Green Crayon – You raised $239.53 for charity: water through yourThree Below (Secret Santa Shoppe) purchases, as well as an additional $40 for charity: waterthrough My Green Crayon!!!  This brings the total funds raised YTD to $957.41 for charity: water, and the total # of crayons sold this year to 905!   Thank you for sending me well on my way to this year’s fundraising goal of $1000!   The crayons are also for sale, year round, at Heart’s Desire in Skippack…just in case another little one’s name pops up on your gift-giving list!   (
**Bead for Life – You raised a wonderful, whopping $676 for the women of Bead for Life in Uganda through jewelry sales!!!  Woohoo!   (  Some of you have asked about the possibility of adding a $5 bracelet or two to your wish list…I’ll have the beads (and shea butter products) thru the end of the year, and I’ll have them at Heart’s Desire in Skippack on 12/12/12, 6pm – 9pm.  See below for details!
**Azizi Life – Raised $40 for Azizi Life artisans in Rwanda!!!  (
Want more???    Come visit my friend Christi Whitekettle on Saturday, December 1, 2012  9am – 3pm  @ the Whitekettle’s Home, 708 Pond View Drive, Audubon PA – /610-631-1758
*Hundreds of artisans in Rwanda are earning a fair wage and a better life for their families through their craft.  Come hear Christi share about her work in Rwanda with these artisans, and purchase beautiful and meaningful gifts!  Refreshments served, and gifts that give back!
Congrats to our Just-For-Fun-Raffle Winners!!!  
(I always knew you guys were winners….)   🙂
**Abby Pawling & Family – Mustache-Mania Basket, from Heart’s Desire in Skippack
**Kathy Weiss – Nesting Bird Candle, from Heart’s Desire in Skippack
**Sharon Clauhs & Family – Photography session with Leah Reiter Creative
**The Canigiani Family – Coffee Lover’s Basket, from the Kerwins 🙂
**Pam Ley & Family – Decadent Chocolate Cake by Bob (Kerwin) the Baker
Jack Frost Friday – December 7, 2012 – 9am to 9pm
*Visit my favorite shop, Heart’s Desire, behind Mal’s Diner…Shop local – it truly matters!
*One lucky shopper with a snowflake game card will win a gift basket valued at $500 from the 10 participating Skippack merchants!  Visit any of these stores for your game card:  Copper Partridge Uniquities, Floral & Hardy, Green Wolf’s Shoppes, Head Over Heels, Heart’s Desire, Hodge Podge, Merle Norman, Miss Riddle’s Candy Shop, Sharp Unique Gifts for Men, Stitchwell Fabrics
*Call for details:  610-584-0797 or 484-991-8173
12/12/12 * Gifts That Give Back *** Wednesday, December 12, 2012 *** 6pm – 9pm
**Come visit Kristen at Heart’s Desire on 12/12/12, featuring Bead for Life jewelry and gifts, My Green Crayon gifts for the little ones in your life, and explore the whole store for one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to bring back memories while making new ones.   The first 12 adults will receive a free bracelet made with Bead for Life recycled paper beads, and the first 12 children will receive a free gift from My Green Crayon.   The streets and shops will be lit up beautifully for the season, so bring the family out for a stroll down memory lane on Main Street, Skippack.
Illuminaire Nites in Skippack *** Wednesdays and Fridays, Nov. 23 – Dec. 21, 2012 *** 5pm – 9pm each evening 
These magical evenings find the Village of Skippack aglow with the warm light of candles, hospitality, and the sounds of the season.   Luminaries line the sidewalks outside the stores and restaurants to light the way for shoppers and diners to warmly welcome the start of the holiday season.   Don’t miss this annual tradition in Skippack Village!
*For more information, visit or call 610-584-0124
Thank you all so very much for your encouragement and support.   I am a blessed woman to partner with YOU!
WOOHOO!!!  and Merry Christmas!!!
Kristen Kerwin & family

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