Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wonderful update from Claire, March 2013 IFTL Project




The I Feel the Love Project received a thank you card in the mail this week.  It was from Claire Koreck and her family.  Claire was the March 2013 recipient of the IFTL Project cards.  As you can see on her sign, Claire is now cancer free after battling bone cancer!!

If you think that creating cards for those in need doesn't matter, check out what Claire's mom had to say about Claire receiving the cards from the I Feel the Love Project:
"...I am writing to you to let you know how much those amazing and beautiful hand made cards meant to Claire and our entire family.  They are special, magical, and filled with love, and we appreciate your kindness more than you could ever know.  We told her that the cards were in a box under her bed so that all those well wishes and prayers would protect her while she slept. They are still there!"
It is an amazing feeling to know that the card you donate can have that much impact on a sick child's life.  This is all the inspiration I need to continue to send cards to our recipients each month and I hope this message from Claire's mom has inspired you to join us as we create handcrafted cards for those in need of love and support.

For those of you who don't know how the I feel the Love Project works, we choose a monthly recipient to receive handcrafted cards from individuals all over the world.  To see some of our previous honorees, click HERE.  We have been sending handcrafted cards to individuals and groups since June of 2011.  It is our goal to be able to expand our efforts to include sending gift cards.  We would like to be able to send parents of hospitalized children to lunch, or help them with gas money... We also envision sending gift cards to others who are reeling from a natural disaster.  

We cannot do this without your help.  We rely completely on donations from caring individuals like you.  The IFTL Project is run entirely by volunteers and thus there are no paid staff members.  Donated funds go to help offset the cost of postage, which is one of the biggest monthly expenses, as well as the cost of running the project (i.e., filing fees, advertising, website...). For the past two and a half years, this project has been funded almost entirely by the President, Madison Womack, and her family.  Due to the fact that the project is growing, additional funds are needed to keep it going and growing!!

With that, I am pleased to announce that the IFTL Project finally received the letter that we have been waiting for since August of 2012!  It is official, the I Feel the Love Project is now a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  We are over the moon with this as it will now make it possible for us to start fundraising efforts with this status.

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We would appreciate it if you could spread the word. Perhaps you can share this information with friends on your social media sites. There may be individuals out there who may not participate by sending in a handcrafted card, but perhaps these same people would consider sending $5 to further our cause.

If you would like to make a donation to the I Feel the Love Project, click on the icon below:

or send a check payable to "I Feel the Love Project"

I Feel the Love Project
c/o Madison Womack
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA  93423

~Madison

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Love for Maddy!

Love for Maddy keeps pouring in!  Today we received cards and an adorable vase from the seniors at Chancellors Village in Virginia.  As you may remember, we selected this amazing group of seniors as our October 2013 card recipients.  These awesome seniors have paid it forward by sending cards to two of our recent projects.  Way to go Chancellors Village!
 
We also received an adorable card and a matching finger puppet set from Ms. Elaine.  What a fun game for Maddy to play with.


 I Feel the Love Project- March 2014
Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. 

If you would like to be a part of this month's project:


All you need to do is:


Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:


Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423


Project #30

Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!

 The I Feel the Love Project is now on Twitter. Follow us at:
@IFTLProject
~Madison
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Take a look at how Maddy is doing!

6-year-old Madelyn “Maddy” Gonzales, our I Feel the Love Project March 2014 card recipient looks like she is a fighter and in good spirits even though she is undergoing treatment for leukemia. 

Diagnosed in the fall of 2013 with acute lymphocytic leukemia, Maddy often travels with her family – mom, dad, and older sister – for treatments.  

As you will recall, the family had set out a donation jar to help pay for these trips and other medical costs.  Someone stole the jar off of a counter at a restaurant! We were saddened to hear about this and knew we wanted to do something to help brighten this sweet child's day!  An update to this story: the local police department finally found the jar.  Of course, all the money was gone but the police department decided to fill the jar with money!  How cool is that?

Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. If you would like to be a part of this month's project:


All you need to do is:


Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:


Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423


Project #30

Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!

 The I Feel the Love Project is now on Twitter. Follow us at:
@IFTLProject
~Madison
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fabulous fundraiser for Maddy! Let's help fill her donation jar:)

The layout pictured top left was created by Cheryl from Creative Kutz. Creative Kuts will donate all monies received for the purchase of I Feel The Love layout, $5, to Maddy's family.  To purchase the layout, click HERE. If you create a card and send it to the I Feel the Love Project by April 1st for the current project, Creative Kuts will give the files for the card and treat box shown bottom left for free.  Thank you so much Cheryl for your generosity and for shining the light on Maddy's story. 



   

Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. If you would like to be a part of this month's project:


All you need to do is:


Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:


Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423


Project #30



Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!

 The I Feel the Love Project is now on Twitter. Follow us at:
@IFTLProject
~Madison
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today's Mail: 39 cards!! Love just keeps pouring in!!

We were so excited when we opened today's mail.  We received a total of 39 cards for the children at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.  Three of the cards were from Ms. Karen, a first time contributor from Georgia!  Thank you Ms. Karen for the beautiful cards.

We also received cards from California from the Bills family.  We just love when families get together and make cards.  The children in this family who contributed cards range in ages from 6-12!  Way to go Bills family.


 

 In addition, we received more cards from the wonderful group of seniors from Belmont Village Senior Living. These cards came from the facilities in California and Illinois. One group had the cards sealed in the envelopes so we left them as is for this photo.  The other group shared advice from the heart with the recipients.  Such a sweet gesture.  We thank you very much for all the cards that were sent it!

All of our cards can be viewed in the February 2014 photo gallery
Just a reminder, we launched our March project and we will be sending cards to Maddy, a sweet little girl who is currently battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.  If you would like to learn more about this project, click HERE.   

Once again, thank you to all of you who continue to support our cards for causes project month after month and to those of you who are new!  We are happy that you have joined us in spreading love and support one card at a time.

 ~Madison
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seniors sharing their love for the kids!

We were so excited when we opened today's mail.  We received 28 cards for the children at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center from a group of seniors from Belmont Village Senior Living.  These wonderful people hail from Arizona and the sweet cards they made for the kids will surely bring smiles to their faces. 
Thank you to everyone who made cards for the February 2014 I Feel the Love Project.  The final count is not in yet, but it looks like we will be able to send over 300 cards to the hospital. 


Just a reminder, we launched our March project and we will be sending cards to Maddy, a sweet little girl who is currently battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.  If you would like to learn more about this project, click HERE.   

Once again, thank you to all of you who continue to support our cards for causes project month after month and to those of you who are new!  We are happy that you have joined us in spreading love and support one card at a time.

 ~Madison
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Red Carpet Event makes over 200 cards for the IFTL Project!

The I Feel the Love Project will be receiving over 200 cards for the children spending time at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center thanks to this Red Carpet Card Making Event held last night! Ashley was on the Red Carpet of this event and that makes us so happy!! 

Share this post with a friend so that they may be inspired to get involved just as this group has. We are forever grateful. You can see the original post by Angels for Ashley by clicking HERE.

For more information on how you can be a part of the March 2014 I Feel the Love Project, click HERE.  We are always looking for more people to be a part of this cause for causes project. 

~Madison 
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Who Would Steal from a Child? - I Feel the Love Project March 2014

When a jar filled with cash was stolen from a restaurant in a small Central California town, the restaurant owners and customers were shocked and dismayed. This was not an ordinary jar sitting on the counter for the purpose of leaving a tip – this was a special jar, filled with heartfelt notes and monetary donations for a very special little girl, 6-year-old Madelyn “Maddy” Gonzales, our I Feel the Love Project March 2014 card recipient. 

Diagnosed in the fall of 2013 with acute lymphocytic leukemia, Maddy often travels with her family – mom, dad, and older sister – for treatments. The stolen jar of cash, filled with donations from community members, would have helped to offset some of the expenses incurred by the family.
“I was sad when I found out,” Jessica Gonzales said. “Just to know that there’s people out there that would do something like that. I’m not na├»ve, and I know things like this happen, but when it directly affects my daughter, well, it’s just sad.” And what was Maddy’s reaction when she heard the news a few days later?

“She said ‘That’s just stupid!’ when I told her what had happened,” Gonzales said. “Then she said she was sorry for using a bad word; she doesn’t like saying ‘stupid.’ She’s a sweet little girl and for this theft to happen was just not right.”

 I Feel the Love Project- March 2014

After reading Maddy's story, we knew that she was our girl for our March project.  The exciting news for me is that for the first time since project #1 (June 2011), this is a local project for me and I get to hand deliver the box of goodies to Maddy.  That will be an extra special day!  

Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. If you would like to be a part of this month's project:


All you need to do is:


Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:


Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423


Project #30



Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!

 The I Feel the Love Project is now on Twitter. Follow us at:
@IFTLProject
~Madison
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