Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Craft Hope Initiative LAUNCH!!

Here we go!!

Today is the big day of the Craft Hope Initiative Launch!!

Here is your mission should you choose to accept it: Help us send 1,100 kits in conjunction with Craft Hope for their maternal birth project - helping moms and their newborns in Haiti!

We have 2 initiatives that are happening:

1. An on-line initiative. We hope to assemble 100 kits through your purchases of them on our store, which you will learn more about below.

2. A community initiative. This is an opportunity for businesses and seamstresses to donate items. We hope to assemble 1,000 kits in this way!! DFC isn't big enough to fund all that up front which is why the on-line goal is smaller. :)

There are 3 main ways to get involved:

1. Buy a complete kit. We're making them for you and giving you the opportunity to purchase them on our store here. They are $8.50 per kit and here is the cost breakdown:
  • 1 alcohol wipe - $0.15
  • 1 oz. bar soap - $0.66
  • 1 36" x 36" handmade receiving blanket and handmade tote - $5
  • 1 Purell packet - $0.06
  • 1 pair of Netrile latex gloves - $0.09
  • 1 36" x 48" plastic sheeting - $0.80
  • 1 gallon ziplock bag - $0.15
  • 3 pieces of 12" string - $0.10
  • 1 handmade stuffed animal - $1.50
2. Buy shipping for one kit. We are estimating it will cost $2.50 per kit to mail it to Konbit Sante, the organization Craft Hope is partnering with to provide the kits. Any monies not used for shipping will directly be applied to sponsoring Benitha, a restavek child in Haiti. You can purchase shipping here.

3. DONATE supplies! This is for our community initiative. We are looking to local businesses to contribute supplies but will need lots of help with donations of handmade items. We hope to assemble 1,000 kits through our community! That's a lot of blankets, totes and stuffed animals!! looking for handmade totes, blankets and stuffed animals! I want to re-iterate that this is separate from our on-line kit sales. (We will not be profiting from your donations as that would be in complete conflict with our values and mission.) These are the handmade items we are collecting:
  • Totes big enough to hold a gallon ziplock bag with the kit supplies inside.
  • Receiving blankets made from 100% cotton measuring 36" x 36".
  • Small stuffed animals to include as a sweet gift to the newborn.
  • You are more than welcome to donate any of other items in the kits as well.
  • Please send non-monetary donations (only items to include in the kits) to:
Delicate Fortress Creations
P.O. Box 114
McKean, PA 16426
This initiative will end February 16th, exactly 3 weeks from today. That will give us plenty of time to assemble the kits and get them shipped out to meet the March 1 deadline.

Please let us know if you have any questions and we'll answer them. Also, please refer to our web-site here for frequently asked questions.

And lastly, if you are a blogger, business or non-profit and you wish to participate by promoting this event or donating items, we will be happy to feature you through facebook, twitter and a special thank you page on our website. So, submit your links here or send us an email at info@delicatefortress.com.

We'll keep a tally of our progress on our website. And, thank you, thank you, in advance!

Let's get started!

Start shopping by clicking here!


  1. Karyn, if we order a kit, should I enter our mailing address or will the supplies automatically go to the DFC address?

  2. Excellent question Sam. Yes, you can go ahead and put in your mailing address. That is one of the ways your credit card is verified. Nothing will actually come to you though, including solicitations of any kind. Thanks for asking!

  3. We are offering to buy a kit for every $25 someone spends on our website.
    I love that we can participate in this way. Here's hoping for lots of sales so we can buy many kits!

  4. Fair Trade Mission!!! That is awesome!!! Thank you!

  5. I didn't know you had tea Fair Trade Mission! I'm headed over there right now!

  6. Excellent idea! We are promoting this event as an idea for a Valentine's Day gift...donate a kit in honor of your loved one. We'll do continued posts on our Facebook and Twitter. I just sent out an email to our listserv as well. GOOD LUCK!

  7. Thank you so much Fair Trade Coalition! That's a wonderful idea! Thank you for your promotion of what is happening here.

  8. my wife and i really have a huge heart for the cause(s) behind your website. we are seeking out an innovative way to make a difference as well. thanks for the encouragement, hoping to make a difference in this broken world.

  9. What a great idea! My check is on the way.

  10. Wow! Cas, thank you! Thank you so much for your support!

  11. I wrote a blog about the event, and have promised to donate one postage for each comment I receive there. Make me pay. ;)


  12. Thank you Cathy for participating in such an awesome way! We'll be sending people over! What a creative way to help!

  13. I just tried to order and am not sure it went through :(

    I ordered a kit and shipping and it never seemed to give me a confirmation page.

  14. Shane,

    I'm sorry you didn't receive a confirmation page. Your order went through smoothly on my end! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity!