“Rainbow Rescue” Used Crayon Drive @ Evergreen Elementary * January 6-17, 2014

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, on Monday, January 20, 2014, My Green Crayon is partnering with Evergreen Elementary and Perkiomen Valley High School, to transform used crayons into clean water!

My Green Crayon is a local project that collects “well-loved” crayons – donated by schools, restaurants, churches, preschools, and more! – and then remolds them into fun-shaped new crayons for endless creative possibilities!  The remolded crayons – shaped like dinosaurs, butterflies, cars, flowers, and more! – are then sold locally, raising funds to support the efforts of Charity Water (charitywater.org), an amazing non-profit that brings clean water and sanitation to the most desperate of children and their families around the world.   50% of each crayon sale directly supports Charity Water.

Evergreen Elementary students, with the support of the Home & School Association, are invited to bring their used crayons to school, January 6 – 17, 2014.   Any and all sizes /shapes /types of crayons are welcome, and there is no need to remove the paper wrappers (unless you want to!)…and new crayons are always welcome, too.   Just place your crayon donation in a bag / baggie, and place it in the donation boxes in the Main Hallway at Evergreen Elementary.  That’s it – and thank you for your donations!

On the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Monday January 20, students from Perkiomen Valley High School will then be volunteering their time to peel the crayon paper wrappers from the crayon donations, to help prepare them for melting and remolding.   A huge THANK YOU to all of the “Peeling Partners” out there, who help this way.   A special shout out to the PVHS Key Club for their many hours of peeling help over the past few years!!!

Thank you in advance for sharing your “well-loved” crayons with my project…I love working together with “like-hearted” folks like you, to help bring clean water to children around the world.   Together, we can help a child, while helping the earth…and make a little help go a long way!  THANK YOU!   😉 Kristen

Contact Information:

Evergreen Elementary – Mary Cook, HSA – mrc.mobile@me.com

PVHS / MLK Jr. Day Service Project – Jessica Lester – jlester@pvsd.org

My Green Crayon – Kristen Kerwin – kristenkerwin@gmail.com

Thank you for a wonderful 2013 Open House!

Ohmygoodness, friends…I have so much to say, and so few words that can adequately express how grateful I am to all of you!   You have all been such a great encouragement to me, and it was the best of gifts for you to come out and support me for this year’s Simple Gifts Open House.   As we come upon Thanksgiving this week, and the Advent Season shortly after, I am reminded that I have the best family and friends around…I’m so grateful.
Here’s a brief summary of your collective awesomeness:  


Cathy Pilipczuk  won the Mary Kay raffle gift – sponsored by my dear friend Michelle McFadden, MK Independent Beauty Consultant.  Thank you so much Michelle!
The Decadent Chocolate Cake was won by Donna Bondi & family (& small group).   Congratulations!  Lovingly made and donated by my father-in-law, Bob ‘the Baker’ Kerwin.  bkerwin@usa.net   Thank you Dad!
The beautiful and fragrant Bird Candle was won by Thekli Sariano.   Donated by the ‘shop girls’, Missy and Catherine, at Heart’s Desire in Skippack.   This shop is chock full of all kinds of home decor and gifts, jewelry, funny stuff, vintage items.   You will love it – I promise!   www.heartsdesireshop.com   Thank you, Shop Girls!
Brenda Conrad won the gift of Classic & Vintage toys from Heart’s Desire in Skippack.  If you like educational and old-fashioned, quality toys, you just have to visit this shop in downtown Skippack (behind Mal’s Diner).   www.heartsdesireshop.com
And the wonderful prize of a free Photo Session by Leah Reiter Creative was won by  Stacia Hang & family.  Congratulations to this beautiful family!   Please keep my dear, talented, creative friend Leah in mind for all of your photography needs and dreams!  lrcreative01@gmail.com   Thank you, Leah!
…and a big thank you to Jill Seitz, a friend and the art teacher of my kiddos at Schwenksville Elementary (as well as the art teacher at Middle School East, PV District), for sharing your beautifully crafted pottery with us.   So gorgeous!  jseitz@pvsd.org
Bead for Life (www.beadforlife.org) jewelry and gifts, made by women in Uganda from recycled paper and Shea Nuts.   You raised $469 for these amazing women & their families!   Bead for Life is now partnering with Mercy Corps to provide immediate relief to the Philippines.  And your support will help them to make this a reality – thank you!
Through the crayon sales for My Green Crayon, plus the funds raised in the Secret Santa Shoppe, Three Below ($336.58  =  wow!)….the total raised for Charity Water(www.charitywater.org) for 2013 is up to $505.74!!!!   I am so thankful to partner with all of you, to bring clean drinking water to the most desperate of children and their families around the globe.   What a joy to partner with you!
Through the sales of my blingy / crafty / chocolatey creations, you raised $86.88 to support the heroic efforts of Doctors Without Borders(www.doctorswithoutborders.org), who are entrenched in the recovery efforts in the Philippines right now.   Thank you SO MUCH!!!
…and a little note about Holiday Shopping.   I am in love with small businesses, like Heart’s Desire in Skippack, PA (full disclosure: they sell my creations and crayons)…so I’m biased when it comes to holiday shopping!   But whether you want to avoid the Black Friday crush, or you’re just curious about what can be found around the corner, please remember that next Saturday (11/30/13) isSmall Business Saturday. Shopping locally makes a huge difference in our communities!   
And if you have always wanted to take a stroll through Skippack, PA, you are invited to kick off the holiday season with Jack Frost Friday on Friday, December 6, 2013.   A host of shops will be participating in this event, and the prize that you could win for just coming out to check out these small businesses is a $500 gift basket!  
Questions?  610-584-0797.   Also, please visit www.iloveskippack.com for more fun events and info!  See you there!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone – and thank you again for all of your invaluable support.   I’ll be in touch again when I (finally!) open my online shop on etsy.com (www.looksomethingshiny.etsy.com).   But until then – many blessings to you and your families.    Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!!!
Kristen Kerwin & family