Monday, December 6, 2010

Redeeming Ties and Buttons as Creative Christmas Gifts

Our ninth grade girls' small group--yes, we still consider 9th grade "junior high" here in Mesa, unlike the rest of the country--has come up with a creative Christmas gift that also helps people in need, as we're participating in Advent Conspiracy again this year.

First, you find an old tie. This might be one of your dad's old ties in the closet that he never wears, or a tie you purchased at a thrift store for 50 cents.

Next, you find an old button. Check your mom's sewing supplies, or use one of those extra buttons they include on the inside of coats and jackets.

Now, cut about a 6-inch length of the tie material, then sewing up the end, finally adding a button and sewing a button hole. You've got yourself a custom handmade tie bracelet. Check it out below:

The girls are selling these for 5 bucks apiece, and 100% of the funds will go to purchasing mosquito nets for a community in Uganda. Sleeping under mosquito nets helps prevent the spread of malaria, a preventable but deadly disease.

The girls gathered this past Saturday to cut, sew, laugh, and share life together, all while rejecting consumerism, embracing creativity, and helping eliminate disease in our world. Fellowship, creativity, and justice: it's win-win-win. So proud of these girls!

If you're in the Mesa, AZ area and want to purchase a tie bracelet and help a community in Uganda, contact me here.

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