You Matter... and so do your supplies

Hi everyone,
I don't know about you, but there are a couple of times during the year where I like to go through my stash of craft supplies and reorganize. When the weather is yuck outside or when I'm stumped creatively is a great time. Usually, I find things I will no longer use and am stumped with what to do with them. I'm far from unique; I've overheard conversations and read enough threads to know that there are many of us with loads of supplies that could use a new home. So, if you are ready and willing to donate some of your supplies, allow me to introduce you to a person with a great cause:

-*- From Christi Usher-*-

Hello Fellow Stamper's....

I know it's that time of year that many of you are purging your crafting supplies that you no longer need or want. So, I am offering up a win-win suggestion. "The You Matter Project".

As some of you already know I am the founder of "The You Matter" card project here in upstate NY that makes cards for abused women and children. In May of this year we will be entering into our 8th year of the project. It's been a long hard journey for me, but I am so elated that something so horrific in my life has turned into something so enriching to so many people!

Up until 2014 - 2015, I had made most of the cards myself and personally supplied the few supplies we had. Then in July of 2015, "The You Matter Project" was honored to be the featured group for SplitCoast Stampers Cards for a Cause. To our delight, we received a whopping 982 beautiful handmade cards from generous crafter's all over the world!!!

Because of this, the interest of those we help is ever increasing. All donations for the "You Matter Project" will be used for the storage of and/or making of cards by and for those who are helped by the project. I have a room specifically dedicated for items that people graciously donate for the "You Matter Project". Sometimes the items will be used in the form of group classes and sometimes they will simply be used by a single person or two who just needs a quite safe place to express their emotions through art.

Due to the limited financial situations of most of those that are helped by our project, and because of what we are trying to do with the project by empowering people, we do NOT charge anything to those who use the items. So, I am humbly asking all of you to PLEASE help us build our stash with your unwanted and extra items. I know that anything you could send to the project, no matter how small you think it is, would mean the world to those we serve.

Thank you for your consideration to Pay-It-Forward for a wonderful project!
For those of you wanting to send donations of cards, de-stash items, etc. to help "The you Matter Project", here is the address you can send them to:

"The You Matter Project"
c/o Christi Usher
P.O. Box 244
Etna, NY 13062-0244


Always Needed Items:

1.) Snail adhesive and refills
2.) Redliner Tape
3.) A-2 sized envelopes
4.) Ink pads and ink refills
5.) Clear stamping blocks
6.) Stamp cleaner
7.) Dementionals / foam dots
8.) SU Grid type paper for the tables so each person has their own space

Our Current Wish List: (Sharing their suggestions) 

1.) Sparkly things for cards
2.) More stamps for the boys
3.) Double-Sided dsp
4.) Crazy Bird Stamps & matching dies
5.) More markers
6.) More decoupage sheets that punch apart and layer up (We had some freebies from a UK magazine.)
7.) That cool Sweatshirt stamp and 3" zippers from TooMuchFun Stamps
8.) Funny sayings stamps
9.) Those little crocheted flowers that people make. (They are so neat!)
10.) Anything Native American
~~ Christi Usher ~~
Founder of "The You Matter Card Project" in Western/Central New York

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Thanks for reading this post and perhaps considering to help Christi and the ladies she ministers to. If you have any questions, please contact Christi using the link provided above.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this Adriana I didn't know about the group and I think that is great thing Christi is doing. I will be checking into that.


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