April 14, 2010
Do you remember those rare, perfect first dates? The one where you are certain it would result in an equally perfect marriage--but only time would tell?
Well, we're currently on our perfect first date with a new business venture--and are certain that this will result in a great marriage (or a fabulous long-term affair!) We have just listed our Shortbread Cookie Mix Gift Boxes on Uptown Liz.
Not familiar with Uptown Liz? Than you need to go check out their website, and discover a GREAT story--and bunches of great products and businesses. Every product listed on Uptown Liz is available for purchase directly from the retailer--but you are also assured (and they check!) that a portion of the purchase price will be donated to a charity of the retailer's choosing (and that charity is clearly listed as well).
We are choosing to donate 5% of ALL sales of our Cookie Mix Gift Boxes to a program in Boca Raton, Florida called "Read the Book, Keep the Book". My father had very quietly begun this policy during the 10 years he spent volunteering in the CATS (Children Achieving Their Success) program at the Dixie Manor housing project in Boca Raton.
Even the most affluent communities, such as Boca Raton, have their forgotten individuals. The children of DIxie Manor are considered to be "at risk" children, for they are from low income families, who don't have the resources available to ensure that these children are successful in school. Dad (and mom) volunteered each week in the after school tutoring program, to help the children with their homework, as well as their reading and math skills. Dad purchased numerous books for the children--and once they finished reading it with him--they owned it. When dad was no longer able to volunteer, the gift of books to the students ended.
When I was trying to figure out what the "in lieu of flowers" memorial should be for my father, I contacted the CATS program to ask about his participation in their tutoring program. They were the ones who told me about my father's "read the book, keep the book" policy, and suggested creating a fund to re-establish his book policy. And so we did.
Partnering with Uptown Liz gives me an opportunity to continue the work my dad began with these children. He definitely made a difference in their lives--one book at a time!