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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few. 
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Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY


Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY - BirdsParty.com
Hi guys, today I'm guest posting over at A Few of My Favorite Things (AFOMFT) showing you how to make these fun paper Xmas Trees, as part of PROJECT SECRET SANTA!

When I was asked by Danielle to be part of this AMAZING project, I just could not say no! During the holiday season, AFOMFT will be sharing recipes, craft projects and party planning suggestions so readers can throw their own Project Secret Santa party!!

Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY


 Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY - BirdsParty.com

Project Secret Santa has a twist - instead of buying gifts for other guests, you're invited buy gifts to benefit Jack's Toy Drive, in memory of Jackson Malia (photo below).

Project Secret Santa & a Christmas DIY - BirdsParty.com

Jack was a triplet, born on October 11, 2007 at St. Barnabas Hospital in New Jersey.  He and his sisters Charlotte and Katie all weighed three pounds at birth, but while his sisters were released from the NICU after 4 weeks, Jack struggled.  On November 13, 2007, he was airlifted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the leading children's hospitals in the country, and his family had high hopes they would be able to help him.  Unfortunately, Jack continued to deteriorate, and on January 2, 2008 he passed away.

Jack spent Christmas 2007 in the hospital and his family was so touched by the fact that Santa came to visit their sweet boy and brought him some small gifts. In his memory, they started Jack's Toy Drive so they can do the same for other children who will wake up in hospitals this Christmas morning.

Last year's toy drive gathered more than 200 toys and this year, through Project Secret Santa, AFOMFT would like to help Jack's Toy Drive top that number and we'd love to have you be a part of it!

Jack's Toy Drive has an Amazon Wishlist of toys that can be purchased and shipped directly to the charity.  In addition, for any AFOMFT readers who collect toys during Project Secret Santa and live outside of the New Jersey area, Danielle will provide pre-paid shipping labels so they can mail them to the Jackson Malia Foundation to be distributed. 

Thank you for stopping by and please check out the AFOMFT site today to see how you can help too! Thank you!!
XOXO

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5 comments:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  2. Thanks Maria! I couldn't find the link though...

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  3. Hi! Hope you don't mind, but I'll be sharing this amazing thought in my blog. Vey inspiring.

    www.happiestwhencrafting.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you Sandy! We don't mind it all! In fact we welcome it! :)

    XOXO
    Bird

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  5. Poor little boy ... I read the story and cried, he was so cute with his christmas hat ... Life is so unfair sometimes ...

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