In our previous post: Mikey’s Helping Place, we introduced our goal to collect 200 handmade cards (in honor of our 200th blog post which is today!). These cards will be sent to a fabulous charity called Mikey’s Helping Place. In order to contribute our own handmade cards, for this month’s Craft Club meeting we invited the girls over to craft for a cause. Please check out our post (seen above) for more information on how to get involved and help us reach our goal.
 
This month’s meeting was a bit different from others we have had in the past in that it was really all about giving. Therefore, it was extremely important to us that the girls who came felt like they could keep their focus on the cause and not what supplies they needed or what food to bring. In the end, we decided to provide all snacks and supplies and allow the girls to come empty handed, but leave knowing they did something to help others. Our all Mexican style spread consisted of: veggies with fresh salsa, chips and homemade guacamole, and veggie wraps with black beans, cheese, avocado, red bell pepper, spinach, and salsa.
We had so much fun putting together the supplies for this project, as we were inspired to make children’s cards in cheerful colors and prints. 
As always, we pulled inspiration photos from Pinterest to get us going on our project. Here are some of our favorites: 
 
Although it was fun to hang out with the girls, have a nosh, and craft, we never lost focus of our project. Each card was created with care to help a child celebrate his or her birthday or to just put a smile on their face. In just a few short hours our group made 42 cards, and we are happy to say that we are well on our way to reaching our goal! Here’s a look at what we accomplished: 
 
 

We are so happy that we are able to celebrate such a special time for our blog by giving to others. If you (our readers) have a heart to help out a great cause, create a couple of cards or even get a group together and work on them Side by Side to send in. We are also looking for other craft clubs to challenge to see if you can make even more than we did. For more information (including where to send this donation) please contact us at sidebyside.design@yahoo.com.

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