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Giving Tuesday-ONE SIMPLE WISH

In this season of giving, we have teamed up with One Simple Wish to add some magic to this holiday for foster children through our Clairebella Give Hope Campaign. Our goal is to give $10,000 worth of gifts and wishes to children in foster care through One Simple Wish. On this Giving Tuesday, please consider granting both big and small wishes of foster children this holiday season. Visit our Giving Page for One Simple Wish to see the Christmas wishes.

SERVICE IDEAS FOR ONE SIMPLE WISH

  1. Get your family involved by letting each child pick out a wish on our giving page and share how this gift will make another child’s Christmas so special.
  2. Hosting a holiday party? In lieu of hostess gifts, suggest that guests make a donation to OSW or grant a specific wish.
  3. In place of a tangible gift for someone, give a wish in honor of them to one of the foster children.
  4. Take your giving up a notch by getting a group involved…scouts, church group, book club, etc.

Thank you so much for contributing as we work together to make these children’s world a little brighter!

 

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Round Up for One Simple Wish

Clairebella has supported for several years now One Simple Wish, a non-profit organization that grants both big and small wishes of children in foster care. These wishes are as unique as the children who make them! Because kids in foster care move around often, they can miss out on a lot of “normal” childhood experiences. Granting a wish is a way to give every child hope, love and the chance to just be a kid.  Danielle Gletow, One Simple Wish founder added “One Simple Wish is able to help thousands of children who are dealing with trauma every single day thanks to supporters like Clairebella. We are so proud that we are an organization that exists not because of one wealthy person who cares but because of tens of thousands of people and groups that come together to show our kids the love, hope & joy they so desperately need. This year we are celebrating 10 years of making wishes come true for America’s invisible kids!” To learn more about this wonderful organization and explore other ways to get involved or grant a specific wish, visit www.onesimplewish.org

Did you know our All You Need Is Love and LOVE Letters art prints were created to support One Simple Wish? We have recently found another way to support our friends at One Simple Wish through the Round Up for Charity app. When you make any purchase from us, you have the opportunity to round up your amount and give to One Simple Wish. “One Simple Wish empowers you to spread love, hope and joy to children impacted by foster care, abuse and neglect.”

 

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Interview with One Simple Wish Founder

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As we come together with family and friends to celebrate and show gratitude for all of our blessings, it seems an appropriate time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Earlier this fall, we launched our Give Hope Decor line in partnership with One Simple Wish, an organization created to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. This organization is so important to me because I was adopted and so was my sister. My mom (the one that raised me) was also adopted. After spending two years in an orphanage, mom was fortunate to have a caring social worker who eventually decided to adopt her and became her father. I feel very blessed that my birth parents cared enough about my welfare to give me the best life possible by giving me up for adoption. I am sure that was a very difficult decision. I was lucky. So many children are not. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data, in 2014, over 400,000 children in the US were in foster care. These kids often enter foster care, with only the clothes on their back, often due to quickly being pulled out of an abusive situation. That’s why One Simple Wish is so important. They grant needs and wishes of foster kids around the country every day.dg_headshot2014_web

Danielle Gletow is the Founder & Executive Director of One Simple Wish. The Gletows (Danielle and her husband, Joe) journey into foster care began when an 18 month-old little boy nervously entered their home wearing a coat two sizes too big after being removed abruptly from his abusive home. Over the next two years they learned so much more about the children living in the foster care system, the resources they were going without, the lack of awareness in the general public and the support these children desperately needed and deserved. They knew they had to do more for children in foster care and vowed to commit their lives to doing it and One Simple Wish was born in 2008.

Danielle has been a passionate advocate for children’s rights for nearly two decades. Danielle is the Founder & Executive Director of One Simple Wish, an organization that empowers everyone to make a direct and meaningful difference in the lives of foster children and at-risk youth, one simple wish at a time. Danielle has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Katie Couric Show and The Nate Berkus Show and has been featured in many print publications including The Star Ledger, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Woman’s World, among others. In October 2013, Danielle was chosen as a Top 10 CNN Hero, among tens of thousands of nominees worldwide.

Danielle is a blogger for The Huffington Post and frequently speaks at schools, universities and businesses sharing her journey into the world of foster care and her bold move of leaving a lucrative career in marketing to follow her passion.

Danielle currently resides in Central NJ with her husband, Joe, their two amazing daughters, Mia and Lily, and their two beloved dogs Duncan and Alice.

I spoke with Danielle so that she could share more insight about her organization and foster parenting.

KD: What has been the biggest Challenge One Simple Wish has faced and how did you overcome it?
DG: Its hard to answer that because even though there have been challenges I think we’ve been very fortunate that our mission has been so well received and supported. However raising money for operating expenses continues to be somewhat of a challenge. We do a wonderful job raising enough to grant every wish we receive but it can be very difficult to get people to give to the mission itself…that is why support like you are providing is so important and helpful to us!
KD: As a former foster parent, what advice do you have for those fostering (or considering foster) children? 
DG: I think more good people need to foster and I would say go for it. But I’d also say, be prepared. Fostering is a wonderful gift to both the adults and children but it can be difficult. The system can be confusing and the process can be long and sometimes not go as you would like. And I think that no matter how prepared you think you are it still hurts every time you have to say goodbye to a child.
KD: What are some of the most common wishes that One Simple Wish grants?
DG: One of the most beautiful things about One Simple Wish is that no wish is really common. Every child’s story is unique and special. But there are certainly a few items that we get a lot of requests for just because they are popular things that all kids want: new sneakers, laptops, gaming systems, gift cards to go clothes shopping, bikes.
KD: In addition to fulfilling wishes on the One Simple Wish website, what other ways can people get involved? 
DG: We love when people make I Wish For You cards for our kids. They can find out more at www.onesimplewish.org/iwishforyou. And of course, spreading the word to others is a huge help!
KD: Where would you like to see One Simple Wish in five years? 
DG: I would like to see One Simple Wish granting wishes in all 50 states and filling every single one of them in under 3 months!
KD: On a personal note…any favorite family holiday traditions that you would like to share with us? 
DG: First of all, I LOVE this time of year. My husband and I host Thanksgiving and its one of our favorite things to do now that we have a home big enough to fit my whole family. My mom and my sisters and I all make something and my husband handles the turkey. It’s a huge feast and its awesome. We also spend Christmas Eve at my father-in-law’s house and pretty much have a full celebration there which is awesome for the kids. It’s like they get two Christmas’s!
To learn more about One Simple Wish and how you can help, visit onesimplewish.org. To learn more about our Give Hope Decor collection, visit adornshoppe.com.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
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Pillow/Fabric Launch & Giveaway!

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I am so excited about my new collection of fabric by the yard and pillows! I have been working on this for more than a few months now; testing fabric and colors and have had to show a lot of patience, as this process takes forever. Finally, the collection is online. The best thing about this collection, is that the line helps support foster kids, which is why it is called Give Hope Decor.

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I have partnered with OneSimpleWish.org and am giving them 20% of all profits from this line. They do so much to bring hope to foster kids and aging out foster youth. Please visit their site to learn more. To see the collection visit adornshoppe.com.

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About the collection:

The fabric is 100% cotton canvas. Printed in the USA. Pillows are knife edge with a hidden zipper. Down/feather insert is included. Pillows are proudly made in the USA. Designer trade pricing is available.

THE GIVEAWAY…

One lucky winner will receive 2 pillows of their choice!

To Enter:

-share this post by clicking at least one of the share buttons below.

-comment below with why you would like to win or mention your favorite pattern from the collection

Contest closes at 12:00 midnight EST October 18th. Winner will be announced Monday October 19th.

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Fabric Launch!

 

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I haven’t been blogging lately or even reading blogs. I have been super busy designing a fabric and wallpaper collection. I am thrilled to be working with One Simple Wish on this project. OSW is an organization created to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. One Simple Wish grants both big and small wishes of children in foster care. We are giving 20% of all profits to this organization. I have worked with several charities that support foster care, but chose this charity because I truly felt the money would go farther here than with any other group. I have met Danielle, the founder, in person and she knows how to get things done. She was a CNN Hero finalist in 2013 (I think it was 2013?) and she is doing a great job of raising awareness and support for these children and aging out foster kids.

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The fabric will be available for purchase around October 1st. I was going to launch the wallpaper at the same time, but decided a gradually roll out might be better for my sanity. This is a high-end line available to the design trade and direct to consumers. It is printed here in the US.

I have also been busy redesigning the website to showcase all of the licensed product lines.

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Now back to blogging a bit.

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