May 6, 2009

Charity Partnership with Bread and Life at the SHC

The Spring Handmade Cavalcade at the Bell House in Brooklyn on May 9th & 10th is almost upon us. We are proud to announce that the {NewNew} will be hosting a local charity, St. John's Bread & Life, at the event.

Bread and Life daily addresses the issues of hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. Every day, Bread and Life serves over one thousand meals to hungry New Yorkers. They provide this service both at their Lewis Avenue facility and through their unique Mobile Soup Kitchen. Their goal is to combat poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency, in addition to educating the public, and increasing awareness about meals to needy New Yorkers.

For a set donation to this very worthy organization, our guests get to choose from two different "Thank You Gifts" created by the {NewNew} :

For the {NewNew} Book, we asked participating vendors for one black-and-white page that fit with the themes of Renewal, Transformation, Growth and Community. The zine is inclusive and we accepted all submissions, so there are some really fun and unexpected images and pieces of writing. Most of the contributors, being artists and craftspeople, made pages that were art in themselves or somehow concerned ways of making artwork. Here is a sampling of submissions:

- A recipe for creating homemade kombucha
- A list of free museum days in NYC
- various beautiful digital collages and pieces of artwork
- a tutorial for making a soda-bottle watering system for plants
- a couple of tutorials for giving old clothing new life
- a few recipes for simple and easy-to-make dishes like black beans or popovers
- photos of Bread & Life
- a story about community service for animals

The {NewNew} Book is a limited edition of only 35, so donate early if you would like to receive this "Thank You Gift."

The second option for your donation, the "Thank You Gift", will be a Surprise Box. Each take-out box will conceal a handmade surprise. Inspired by Bread and Life's focus on renewal and transformation, recycled materials were used by {NewNew} members to make these handmade goodies. The box contents vary in retail value from $3-$15, so take a chance and find out what is inside.

If you are interested in making an additional donation, check out Bread & Life's online donation page, but keep in mind that you will only be able to receive these "Thank You Gifts" by coming to the Spring Handmade Cavalcade. Hope to see you there!


KimmChi said...

great organization and a fun way to donate!

Karen's Monsters said...

I want one of the zines. I didn't realize there would only be 35 of them! I guess I'll have to get one early.

May Luk Ceramics said...

I am intrigued by the surprise box. hmm....

Ikyoto said...

Having put together the surprise boxes is a dangerous situation. I'm tempted to keep donating over and over again until I get the "surprises" I had my eye on!

florence wang said...

That book looks soo good! I can't wait for this weekend: Crafty goodness and a great cause!