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Mission Fiji Update + Photos!

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Hi everyone! When I first started out with Stash Builder Box, I knew my box wanted to have a cause. My life verse is  “Do not withhold good from whom it is due when it is your power to act.” - Proverbs 3:27. With quilting, so far in my life, I’ve been able to use quilts as a way to spread “good”, if you will, and I know many, many quilters who feel the same way!

When I got a college graduation announcement in the mail from a friend, she mentioned that she was taking donations and asking for supplies as she was headed to Fiji for 6 weeks over the summer. I instantly messaged her and asked if she needed quilts. Turns out, quilts in Fiji are in super high demand and they LOVE blankets. So! I went to town. I hopped on Instagram and put out some feelers for some donations and help making blankets. In an instant, people stepped up to help and it was truly amazing.

This was Mid-March.

Over the course of the next few weeks time, my friend finalized her deadline & gave us a final deadline of the last week of May. We just came up to that deadline and it has been AMAZING. Not only do we have 15 quilts of all sizes to send with her to Fiji, but I also have over a dozen quilt tops in my basement. These tops are going to be finished and sent to our next organization (stay tuned for an announcement of who we selected!) and we’ll work with them for June, July and August.

There have been SO many helping hands that have made, shipped and finished quilts for donating! There have been so many long hours, late nights and many sacrifices people have made to get these quilts finished in time to hit this deadline. It’s been truly a blessing! If you played a part in making these quilts, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your efforts will not go unnoticed and you will truly make a difference in the life of the children in Fiji.


Thanks to all of you, our donation stack was impressive! I wanted a chance to showcase all of the wonderful hard work that went into each and every quilt, so here are some photos of every quilt being donated to Fiji.

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Thank you to everyone that purchased our box in May or joined our Heart Builders team in March, April or May. This could not have been accomplished without the work of SO many, so thank you to all!

If you would like to be part of our next quilt donation, you can sign up to help here & join our Facebook Event below: http://www.stashbuilderbox.com/heartbuilders

Improving the lives of others: The importance of giving back.

Millions of children across the world suffer on a daily basis. Children, who are traumatized, sick or otherwise in need, require our help today. Having the ability to give back to less fortunate families, reminds us of just how lucky we are. These days, it can be a little too easy to forget about the needy, poor and sick. We are all guilty of it.  Some researchers have even claimed that all human beings are innately selfish creatures. Well, its time break the cycle and put that notion to rest. If we wish to see change in the world, and help our fellow human beings, we ourselves should be that change.

To make a real difference in the quality of life of others, there are many ways to do so.

Donating time and energy. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and help people. Whether it’s doing an outdoor project on the weekend, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or helping out at and elderly residence, you can truly give back and make your city a better place.

Monetary contributions.  Contributing to a charity of your choice lets you make the decision on where you want to help. Thousands of charities across the country continue to need help. Some charities will work directly with those in need, helping them with the basic necessities of life. While others use monetary donations to fund research to help fight terrible ailments and diseases. Companies like Amazon are leading the cause buy letting you choose which charity to help, by donating 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products.

Resources.  Rather than time or money, there are ways to give back by making physical donations such as food or clothing. Food banks allow you to bring in cans of food to give and distribute to families. Other places let you donate clothing and coats that are distributed to homeless and battered women’s shelters.

These are all great ways that contribute to the well being of our fellow neighbors. Recognizing that you are in a position to help is the first step. Giving back allows you to choose when and where to make a difference. It’s easy to get inspired with a cause you truly care about.

At Stash Builder Box, a local Utah based company, they do as much as possible to keep others in mind. Their vision is to change and impact lives through quilting. SBB is a monthly subscription based box that is mailed out, containing quilting fabrics, tools and goodies. Boxes change every month so you can always expect something great. For every box they send out, 20% of the proceeds from every sale goes towards making a quilt for a child in need. They work hard with many organizations to donate these quilts to children in need.  This month, just five days after their initial grand opening and website launch, SBB is already preparing to send over 20 quilts to those in need.  Stash Builder Box is expecting to double or even triple that number by June 1st. Helping others and giving back are really the core values at SBB. From day one, owner Amanda Kelly knew she wanted to help. From all the quilts covering her basement floor, you can truly feel the love that she has for those in need.

So whether it’s donating your time, monetary contributions or other resources Amanda invites all to do what they can to help our fellow neighbors and communities.  Not only can you change and impact lives, you will feel good doing it. To learn more about Stash Builder Box and Amanda’s cause, click here for more info.