In one month from today Charlie, my friend from the Cottage, and I will be hosting a party.
Unlike anything I’ve ever done before we will have a purpose to our get-together other than social interaction. We’re planning a “Sole Hope” party.
I’ll be using my old pile of saved jeans to cut out tops for shoes that will then be assembled and distributed in Uganda.
Our goal is to cut out 25 pairs of denim shoes and donate them and other supplies to “Sole Hope“, which removes parasitic jiggers from children’s feet and provide shoes and paid work for adults in Uganda.
I have designed an explanatory invitation which I am giving to friends who will come on a Saturday afternoon to turn The Glade into a shoe-cutting factory.
A local church near us has come up with a unique way to raise money for charity.
They’ve asked ladies of the community to donate gently used scarves and jewelry to support Hope Works which provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual, dating, and domestic violence, and aims to be the catalyst in the community to change the cultural norms that allow sexual and domestic violence to happen.
While I don’t have much jewelry (most of it was stolen 15 years ago) I do have scarves that have seldom or never been worn.
I have a lot of music theme scarves that I used to wear to gigs. I don’t gig much anymore so I’m happy to donate my rarely worn ones to this cause.
I have a beautiful silk poncho by Liz Claiborne that I’ve never worn.
It’s not really my style.
Plus I have theme scarves that are not exactly my cup of tea.
I love when a good purpose for thinning my overflowing drawers is dropped in my lap.
It’s also important that people show up for the sale.
But sometimes actually entertaining at home is not possible.
In our area there is an abundance of free music and free films.
When I find something that really interests me I email a group of friends and tell them I’ll be there. I don’t judge the interest I just make the invitation; I facilitate.
I’m sure to add my cell number to the email with the instruction to text or call when they arrive at the venue, especially if it is a big venue like the parade grounds at our local Army base.
If it’s something I have done previously I add any details that might sway someone who is on the fence. For instance the U.S. Army Field Band is performing the 1812 Overture with real canons. I’ve heard it before and it’s fabulous. I reminded everyone to bring their own lawn chair.
I encourage you to do some research and contact your social circle for a fun and different and free event. Provide as much or as little as you like. Don’t for get the bug spray.