Stamping to Serve: Crisis Nursery

Last week I was excited to visit a local business–Amdocs, to help them with an annual service project. Each year the Crisis Nursery in Champaign, IL holds a Christmas Boutique. Parents can bring their kids to the boutique and wait while the kids shop for gifts for their parents. And the proceeds go to support the services that Crisis Nursery offers in the community.

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091111-bag-assortmentThe community is involved in the sale–some businesses donate items that kids can purchase, some help with other parts of the sale. Amdocs helps by decorating the gift bags that the purchased presents will be wrapped in for the kids to take home.

Remember when you were a kid? Wasn’t it fun to have “surprise” gifts for your parents or siblings?

091111-swirl-bagWell these gift bags were decorated using Stampin’ Up! supplies, but the Amdocs employees who were able to help during short breaks during their days.

We used a variety of inks–especially the Whisper White Craft Pad, the Silver Encore Pad and a few dark Classic Pads in Real Red and Bravo Burgundy.

091111-patterned-pines-bagThe stamps we used were from a variety of sets, including the Level 1 Hostess set, Patterned Pines, as well as snowflakes from the Berry Christmas set (Stamps in the Mail Club for November). The Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheels, especially Classic Stars, were also very popular–lots of great coverage in very little time!

Here’s the stack of bags that we stamped in just under 2 hours… Amdocs had 750 bags to stamp, so we made a good dent in the total number with the stamping kick-off party!

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