I'm so happy to report that TheJuneBride Etsy shop November charity promotion netted $232.00!!! That was $1.00 from each items sold (including wholesale items), plus a couple more dollars from buyers who chose slower shipping in order to donate more. How wonderful! It's the season of giving and I'm so pleased to say that I was able to round that amount up to $400.00 (just for fun) and it was donated to Food Gatherers.
I chose to give to Food Gatherers right now because they really make a difference for local families in need, they are a four star Charity Navigator-ranked charity (meaning the funds donated are really used for people in need), donations made when I did will be matched 50% by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Emergency Food & Shelter Matching Grant), AND, thanks to Michigan tax laws, a 50% tax credit will be given for donations up to $400.00 to non-profit food banks (which means I could give more!).
Food Gatherers is a local charity that has made a major impact in feeding families who find themselves in a position of shortage. According to their website:
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.
This Sunday was the last day of "Rockin' for the Hungry”, an annual food drive hosted by my favorite radio station, Ann Arbor's 107one, and that was also a big success for this worthwhile charity. Last I checked, they had collected 170 tons of non-perishable food items, and I'm sure that number has gone up as they make the final tally. And that doesn’t account for monetary donations made during the drive!
Ann Arbor’s 107one had this tidbit on their website:
Every day, thousands of people in Washtenaw County rely on Food Gatherers, the area's largest food rescue and collection organization. Each year they distribute more than 4.6 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD to over 150 LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS that see to it our neighbors in need, mostly families and children, won't go hungry.
I’m so pleased… the $400 I was able to donate was matched 50% by the CFSM, which makes $600. Food Gatherers says that every $5 can provide 14 meals to people in need, so $600 can provide 1680 meals!! And after the tax credit, it will have cost only $200 to provide that much nutrition to that many people. Amazing!