If you are sending from Arizona, Kentucky, California or Utah please send ALL ornaments to Kentucky. Thanks for checking the chart or asking us where ornaments are needed before you mail. It's a huge help!
Time is getting short and packaging day is almost here. We are so grateful for all your hard work and the love your ornaments share. No matter if you are sending 15, 50, or 500 each is important to reaching our goal of 12 ornaments from 12 different places for each family.
Please as always check the chart and look for your state. Send ornaments to the coordinators in the state(s) needing them most.
Now that we are getting ready for distribution we are posting information to help you with your packaging and shipping. Some of you have been helping for four years and some are new this year so here is a review:
Survivors are always very grateful for each ornament, but they are most excited when they see all the places ornaments were created and who created them. Packaging is important. Please follow the following guidelines when packaging.
1.Package each ornament in a see thru bag, either cellophane, plastic or organza.
2. Include a way to hang the ornament.
3. Add a note which includes a message. Message may be a message of hope or encouragement. It may be a poem or scripture verse. Whatever message you feel will help them feel your love and concern for them. When adding an organization please write it out. For example few people know what YW (young women) or YSA (young single adults) means.
4. Also on the note include the city and state or country in which the ornament was made. Our goal is for survivors to receive ornaments from 12 different states.
This year we have had ornaments arrive that were not packaged in this way and our coordinators spent hours packaging. This takes away from the time they can work with survivors and organizations serving them. When you get 20,000 ornaments that's a lot of work!
Shipping can be expensive, and it can preserve all the hours of effort you put in or it can damage your creations.
Please be sure your ornaments do not move around in the box. As you gently rock the box back and forth if you can feel ornaments moving, please add bubble wrap or air-filled pillows to cushion them.
Before sealing your box, please add a note with the number of ornaments included in that box. This saves hours of time for coordinators. If you send multiple boxes, please include a count in each box.
Thanks again to all who have sent gallon size zipped bags to our coordinators. It is a huge help. Thank you as well to all who have included a few dollar in your boxes or contributed to our Go Fund Me fundraiser. Please remember all donations are now tax deductible.
Ornaments are due to our coordinators in Kentucky, Alabama and Florida by Halloween. Ornaments received after that date will be saved for next year or used for families we find last minute.
Attn: Beth 1510 Tullahoma Drive, Prattville, AL 36066
Attn: Laura 22 Stoney Brook Drive, Winchester, KY 40391
Attn: Imogene 1489 Whooping Drive, Groveland, FL 34736