Stocking the Pantry has evolved over the years.
It started in 2010, when my Christmas stockings started to become “a thing”. I decided they needed to give goodness as well as goodies. You can follow the history below:
Christmas 2016— Yes, writing it up is STILL on my list.
Christmas 2015 —
Christmas 2015 is “a wrap”!
Best ending to 2015 possible — 17,553 meals for the hungry!!!! Stockings ordered totaled 999 on Dec. 30.
My goal was 900. I was thrilled, but …. 999, really?
Then 2 hours later, Shelly returned for one more stocking.
YES! a cool, even 1,000 = $2,500 donation to Harvesters.org. Jane Dolan, the amazing Southern Calligraphy artist that does all the name tags I show, pledged .25 per tag and then doubled it. An anonymous donor at Harvesters doubled these checks and with their amazing leveraging that equals 17,553 meals!!! Woo Hoo!
Thanks to every single one of my “stocking families” for making this possible.
963 stockings! That’s $2,407.50 for Harvesters, the renowned Kansas City based food bank. And with Harvester’s downright magical leveraging, that results in 7,222 meals. What a rockin’ bunch of customers. Hugs to each of you!
I just had the truly joy-filled task of writing a check to Harvesters for $3,307.50. Yep, that is 1,323 stockings (and yes, I’m exhausted). An anonymous donor matched that check, so we are now at $6615. And after Harvester’s works their leveraging magic turning every dollar into 5 meals, the final is 33,075 meals!
I am sooo very thrilled to announce our annual giving from Christmas Stockings Sales 2012 – $1227.50! Yes, that’s 491 Christmas stockings during the 2012 holidays. Every stocking sold includes a $2.50 contribution to a worthy cause. In 2012 we fed (and educated) the hungry through Harvesters – the food bank located in Kansas City that services NW Missouri and NE Kansas. Through amazing leveraging, they are able to provide 5 meals for every dollar donated. Quick Math: My amazing customers provided 6,137 meals! U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E!
Thought if one person could do all that last year, what if more were involved. I reached out to the Kansas City Etsy team to see if others would join my efforts. YES! But as a group, they wanted to fight hunger locally through Harvesters, our local food pantry.
Stocking the Pantry was born!
All these Christmas Stockings going out to give goodies, but what if they could give goodness as well?
I pledged $1.50 from each stocking purchase to fight hunger and empower others. Exactly Heifer International’s mission. I hoped to maybe provide a lamb or a hive of bees. But by the time 2010 stockings were done, we (as in all my stocking families and I) provided a water buffalo, hive of bees and a grove of trees! Wow!