Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How Handmade in Kansas City Gives Back to the Community We Love


Devotion to our Kansas City community and beyond is something our Handmade in KC makers take to heart. Many of our artisans donate their time and goods to non-profit organizations, private donations, and fundraisers. By purchasing from these shops you are helping to further their philanthropic missions, as well as supporting your community. 

Hang Ups in KC has been in partnership with Literacy Kansas City for several years; a portion of the proceeds from their word inspired Literacy Kansas City Collection goes back to the local organization helping people over age 16 in our community gain literacy skills. 

Hang Ups also partners with Meyer Music and Fox4 for their Band of Angels project, donating instruments to children in the Kansas City area. A portion of proceeds from their Band of Angels Musical Instrument Jewelry Collection supports Band of Angel's mission.  You can also find their work at the Heartstrings & Art That Blows events (a GREAT time!). 

Ivory Isis donates 10% of proceeds to the Rime Center's Homeless Outreach project, providing bodhi bags containing food and other essentials to Kansas City's homeless citizens. Ivory Isis has also contributed items to fundraisers, including 102.7 KPGZ supporting community radio. 

Teeny Tears provides diapers, blankets, and hats to the smallest of our KC community and beyond. Their work provides bereavement diapers to hospital NICUs and bereavement support groups. Creations by M and J sews tiny flannel diapers and blankets to support Teeny Tears' very important, special mission. 

Stik A Pin In It and Pippa's Parchment  have contributed to our local KC community through adoption auctions and silent auctions to benefit school programs through local indie craft shows. Pippa's Parchment will also be donating specialty cookies to Relay for Life teams later this Spring.

Violet's Buds is looking forward to volunteering time with KC Pet Project and our sweet four legged KC citizens. Violet's Buds also donates to A Little Thunder, providing Comfort Boxes to grieving families at KU Med and beyond. 

The Emerging Artists program through Johnson County Developmental Supports provides an opportunity to earn money in an industry that is not typically an option for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. the little wing visits the art studio weekly to connect with artists and provide support/share in the artistic process. the little wing has also contributed items to local adoption fundraisers and online non profit auctions.

Aunt Christy's Country Kitchen  proudly donates to Camp Encourage in KC, where youth on the autism spectrum can grow socially, learn independence, and gain self esteem. Animals Best Friends, located in Independence and advocating for the humane treatment of shelter animals, receives contributions from Aunt Christy's as well. We love our furry friends!

Pop tabs purchased from the Ronald McDonald Houses of Kansas City are used by FabTabulous to create one of a kind, eco-friendly jewelry that benefits children and their families by giving them a comfortable home away from home while receiving medical treatments at local hospitals. 

Ni-Chern Designs has created a line of products from puzzle pieces themed fabric that benefits Kids TLC in Olathe. Kids TLC provides multiple services for children at risk in our communities, including music therapy, chaplaincy services, and nutrition/wellness education.

Handmade in Kansas City is proud to give back to the communities we love so much!

A big thank you to Jennifer from the little wing for creating this blog post!

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