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Looms for {Love}

I’m not a big fan of trends.

So when the Rainbow Loom hit our house earlier this year and our home exploded with tiny, brightly colored elastic band projects everywhere, I wasn’t that impressed.

I was tripping over these bracelets, they were driving me crazy … but the girls loved the Rainbow Loom. They still love it. And it’s a great craft for little hands and fingers …and from what I hear, it’s a trend that is not dying down anytime soon.

But … really –  what was the point of these bracelets that every young North American girl and boy were crafting up a storm on their looms, faster than you could say Biggest Christmas craze?

Yes, they can create tons of pretty bracelets and trade them with friends – but … what if we could do more?

 

Enter the Looms for Love idea!

The girls and I were brainstorming – and although this idea is not entirely unique as many wonderful children are already blessing others with Rainbow colored bracelets around the world – we thought it would be pretty neat to have the girls make bracelets for an actual purpose. And for a cause they understood.

So we contacted our friend, Heather, who lives and works with the people in rural Mozambique, Africa, under the care of SAM Ministries.    We asked her if she’d be interested if we mailed off packages of Rainbow Loom ‘Love’ bracelets for their local orphans. She gladly said yes!! And now, we are planning on having all these looms bracelets ready to be handed out to about 100 orphans in their Orphan Care packs this coming July.

 

We’re spreading the word and hoping you and your children will join in this fun, colorful project! It’s so exciting to see the girls and their looms, spread out on their beds and couches throughout the house, making bracelets for little children across the world. We are hoping it will simply bring a little cheer, a little Rainbow love to their day and encourage them even in the smallest way.

Your children can join in! It’s simple,  easy and if they’re already Looming, then why not loom for a cause?

 

 

Here’s how your child can help:

 

1. Create Rainbow Loom bracelets – as many as your child wants to! Our goal is at least 100 bracelets total for the orphans.

2. Send the bracelets to our Loom Headquarters (here – ha!) where we will be packaging up and sending the bracelets in one big package to help save on costs. When you are ready to send the package our way, send me an e-mail (gillian@gigiphotography.com) and I will provide you with the mailing address.

3. We are asking that you donate $5 to the cause. You can do it via their ministry’s website, which will go straight to Rick & Heather’s children orphan mission in Mozambique. If you could please write “orphan care pack” in the message area when you donate, that will ensure the money goes straight to filling the orphan care packs.  Here is the link.

4. All bracelets need to be mailed by May 31, 2014. If we feel the need, we can extend the date, but I’m just thinking it is good to have a timeline so we can see a completion to the vision.

5. The bracelets will arrive at the mission by July and will be added to the Orphan Care packs which are delivered throughout the rural areas of Mozambique. Of course, Heather has promised us photos of the children when they receive the bracelets – so make sure you check out her blog or this blog for updates!

 

 

 

 

Turn your child’s handiwork into something of love … Share the link on facebook, your blog, twitter or pinterest! Let your children know about this project and help them  send some Loom Love overseas!

 

 

 

 

 

March 26, 2014 - 9:46 pm

When Missionaries start small. » Gigi Blog - […] … the girls run upstairs to their shared bedroom, prop open their loom case and begin making more bracelets. It’s all about missions … the reason the girls are working on the Looms for Love […]

March 24, 2014 - 8:17 am

Annie - Love this idea. And love the donation contribution as well. Bravo Gillian — I’m sure my seven year olds will be all over this when I mention it 🙂

March 23, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Jessemyn Pekari - My girls are super excited to make and send some bracelets! Please let us know when you would like them by!

March 21, 2014 - 6:20 pm

claire - There are a couple simple loom designs that can be made on their fingers (single and the fishtail) or two pencils, also one you can do on a fork. We can include instructions on how to do them. Just an idea 🙂

March 21, 2014 - 11:54 am

admin - Claire, that’s wonderful! I’m so happy to hear Abby and Hayden will be joining in!
Regarding the supplies, they don’t have looms (unless we find someone to donate 100 looms!) so I’m not sure how that would work … maybe we could use them for the children who are looming here in Canada, but are running out of bands?

March 21, 2014 - 11:50 am

Claire - Abby and Hayden were so inspired by your idea. They started looming this am. Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea! We will be sending a bunch your way. Abby wants to know if they would enjoy some supplies so the children can make their own too? She was given many packs of elastics for her b-day, more then she’ll use and would like to donate them to kids who don’t have any.

March 20, 2014 - 6:41 pm

admin - Jen, what a fantastic help this will be! Thank you for spreading the word at your school!

The suggested donation is simply $5 per family/child who donates the loom bracelets … all the money goes straight to helping fill the orphan care packs.

Thank you again and God bless! The girls and I are excited to see how many bracelets come in!

March 20, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Jen Heemskerk - What a great way to loom away and raise awareness and funds for a great cause. I run the Rainbow Loom club at my school. How can I send you the bracelets? Also, is it a $5 donation per bracelet? Not sure if that is do-able as my school is low-income….but I will put a donation in the envelope on our school’s behalf. Can you email me derjen@hotmail.com with information of how I can mail the bracelets to you? Thanks

March 20, 2014 - 5:51 am

Heather Neufeld - Here is a link if you would like to see us handing out the care packs purchased during our 2012 campaign… this coming july when we hand out the bracelets we will be handing out packs purchased this past Christmas and following.
http://rickandheather.blogspot.com/2013/11/unique-christmas-gifts-orphan-care-pack.html

March 20, 2014 - 5:34 am

Heather Neufeld - Gillian- you and your girls never cease to amaze me! Thanks so much for thinking of us! The kids who recieve this years Orphan Care Packs will be thrilled to find these brightly coloured bracelets inside. Not only that, but we can tell them that each bracelet was made JUST FOR THEM by another child, far across the oceans who wanted to let them know they are thinking and praying for them! What a fabulous testimony!

The link should work, please if you could ask folks to just put “orphan packs” in the space under the donation amount where it says Message for …. That way we can easily track what area the funds are for. Thanks so much!!! (i did walk thru the link myself and recieved no error message so it should be good).
Again.. Thank you so much! This is such a lovely idea!

March 19, 2014 - 9:38 pm

admin - Lisa, that is fantastic that your daughter wants to help! Thank you for spreading the word…

I’ll check that link right away! Thanks!

March 19, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Lisa - My oldest daughter would like to make a bracelet for this cause. I agree that this is a great reason to make a bracelet!

When we clicked on the link in your post to learn more about the ministry in step 3, and make the $5 donation, we were taken to a “page not found” error. Would you be able to update this link please? We’d love to read more about it. Thanks so much!

March 18, 2014 - 9:35 pm

admin - That’s GREAT, Sherry! Thank you! Yes, please, please spread the word!

March 18, 2014 - 9:27 pm

sherry varkel - Nick is AMAZING at doing these…..I think he will like to give some to kids. I will also ask him to let the rainbow loom club at school know tomorrow 🙂