For quite awhile now I’ve seen the potential to use this blog for good. I’m reached more people than ever and I genuinely believe that people want to be the good in the world. Making printables is something I truly love done. I mean, the boys probably use 20% of what I make. I just love making stuff and hope that there are people out there who will want to use it! So when the idea struck to do a printable for charity, I just knew I had to it. But I was stuck. I didn’t have anything that I felt was worthy of being a charity download. That sounds pretty bad. I think my stuff is worthy. I just wanted something really special for the charity printable.
And then as Christmas approached, I was racking my brain thinking of something to get for my niece (and also my brother and sister in law, who are impossible to buy for!!). Then I saw a picture of them cooking with their 2 year old daughter (I use the term cooking loosely, I think she was swinging the rolling pin around mostly lol!) and I had it! See, these are the type of people who love doing things with their kid. I wanted to put together a kid-friendly cooking set. And naturally, all kids need a cook book of their own!
I immediately had the image of the printable in my head and rushed home to put it together. My mom said there was no one I could have it done in time (Christmas was about a week away at this point). An hour later I called to tell her it was done, lol. It just worked out perfectly. The clip art, the recipes, the design. It just fit.
Naturally the first thing I did was sent it to Cassie at 3 Dinosaurs because that’s what I do with all my printables. And she said something to the effect of “You could sell this, you know”. And right at that moment I knew this was to become my first charity printable.
So now onto the important parts – the charity. My plan is to have a new printable every month featuring a new charity. My choice for January is called Youth on their Own. This is a local charity to me (Tucson, AZ) and helps homeless teens finish high school. I’ve researched this charity to make sure that the vast majority of the money actually goes to the cause and not the CEOs. I’ve contracted friends who have strong ties to the charity community to make sure this is a great charity. Essentially, I’m putting in the foot work to make sure that we aren’t raising mine to line some millionaires pockets.
Anyway, back to Youth on their Own. So basically, any kids 6th-12th grade who find themselves homeless can be helped by their service. Some people volunteer their homes to these kids to make sure they have a safe place to stay and study. The idea is that these kids will have a much harder time succeeding in life without a high school diploma.
I believe our kids are our future. And every kid that has a decent chance at life is one less kid that turns out to be a criminal. It is in everyone’s best interest that these kids get a chance! I have dreams of one day having a bedroom to donate to a homeless teen in need.
So the printable is $5 on Teachers Pay Teachers. 100% of the money goes to the charity. I will take out nothing for me. However, TPT does charge a transaction fee. So after that $4.25 of each purchase goes to the charity. Again, I’m not taking out any fees for myself. I’m donating my time and the cost of clipart to this cause.
If you’d rather avoid the TPT transaction fee (or you’d like to donate more than just $5) you can send me the $5 directly to PayPal as a gift. You won’t be able to download the recipe book immediately as I’ll have to get to my computer and send it to you. Although, I’m on and off my computer all day long, so chances are it won’t take long. If you send the money as a gift, PayPal does not take out any fees.
(Must be at least $5 if you’re buying the set. Please write in the notes so I know what it’s for!)
I think I’ve covered everything. I have really big hopes for these charity printables. I’m planning to have one per month, though I’m going to let this run a bit into February since it’s already the 12th and I’m just getting it up.