A box of inspiration arrived at the charity: water office this week — dozens of character-shaped crayons and a letter from Kristen Kerwin, who has sold her crayons to raise money for water projects for more than two years now.
We love her story. Here it is in her words:
“My journey started with a 2008 New Year’s Resolution… ‘Lord, give me something meaningful to say.’ I was tired of hearing myself blubber, and I just wanted to DO something…
With one heart-shaped crayon mold (ok, they’re all actually mini-cake and cookie molds — but they make beautiful crayons!), and a nervous smile, I visited a number of preschools and restaurants in our area to request any old crayons that were destined for the trash. My mom then found two additional molds — dinos and butterflies! — and I was on my way.
I spent many months gathering crayons, peeling them by myself and sharing what I’d learned about the water crisis with like-hearted folks.
I started selling the finished crayons at my November 2009 Craft Open House, and the incredible journey I’m on has grown from there! I’ve had the privilege of sharing about charity: water and the need for clean water with Scout troops, elementary schools, churches, neighbors, strangers and more — a wonderful educational vehicle!
And fall 2010 brought even more new opportunities. We now offer crayon sales as a fundraising tool for local schools and groups, we’ve found a tiny niche as a dollar store alternative for birthday favors and stocking stuffers, and I’ve just started selling crayons in a local store.
So far, the crayon sales are local and face-to-face, as my kids and honey are my first ‘job’… no eBay for us just yet…
On a sad note: my chief encourager and crayon-cheerleader, my mom, died unexpectedly the week before Christmas 2009. I wasn’t sure if I’d have the strength to continue the project… my heart was in pieces. Just in time for that fall’s Open House, Mom had given me a huge box of a dozen or so new crayon molds as an early Christmas gift. On so many levels, she was beyond instrumental in the success of my fundraising efforts and countless dreams and schemes. My mom was an elementary teacher her whole career, the best mom and grandmom that I could ever ask for, and a no-nonsense kind of gal… so, to honor her as she watches over me, I continue to bake.