Fundraiser Spotlight: Autism Service Dogs

Over the years we’ve had a variety of organizations host a fundraiser with us to assist in generating funds for their cause. Like people, every fundraiser is different and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on some of the people and organizations running a Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser.

In October 2013, Cayleb received his National Service Dog, Ivy

Kaley is a busy mom of three and has been a Mabel’s Labels customer since 2007. She purchased her first set of labels for her son, Bryceson, when he started preschool and discovered that she could host a fundraiser selling the products. She tucked this tid-bit of information, away. It wasn’t until April 2012 that she recalled the fundraising program and registered, Paws, for Cayleb, to assist with her goal of raising funds by earning 20% commission. Her son Cayleb was approved for the waiting list to receive a service dog for autism from National Service Dogs. The average cost to train and maintain a service dog over an 8-10 year working life is valued at $30,000.

Knowing many family and friends that wanted to support her efforts for the service dog, she suggested that they do it through purchasing personalized labels from Mabel’s Labels. She loves that the fundraising program is easy and that the product is shipped directly to the people that ordered!  In conjunction to hosting an online fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels, Kaley and her family have raised over $24,000 with help from other fundraising initiatives like a Bowl-a-thon, 50/50 tickets, silent auction, bake sale, Raffle, Chocolate bar sales, and donations.

Sharing her customized fundraising link through email, Facebook and on www.pawsforcayleb.blogspot.ca  has not only helped spread the word about Mabel’s Labels to assist in supporting her cause, but has also raised awareness of autism and of National Service Dogs within her community. We applaud you Kaley!

As someone who manages many fundraisers, the best advice Kaley can give is to get started immediately. Then be sure to promote your fundraiser at key times. She likes to roll out her Mabel’s Labels campaign before summer camp and back-to-school.

We wish Kaley, Cayleb and Ivy continued success and happiness. Thank-you for choosing to fundraise with Mabel’s Labels!

If you’d like to support Paws for Cayleb, purchase your next order of Mabel’s Labels via www.pawsforcayleb.mabelslabels.com

If you want to sign up your Preschool to earn extra funds, visit: http://www.mabelslabels.com/form/?form_id=fundraising-ideas&form_size=1050

Find out more about National Service Dogs, and to read Co-Founder Julie Cole’s stories regarding autism see her tab right here on the blog.

The gift that keeps on giving

This guest blog post comes from Kim Graydon of Glen Bernard Camp.

As a parent, wouldn’t you just love to find that ONE gift for your child they would continue to love their whole life through?  Ready?  It IS out there….it is the gift of summer camp.   But what exactly are the benefits of summer camp for kids? What are you giving your son or daughter by investing in the gift of camp?  You are buying them fun, adventure, outdoor skills, an extended slumber party, freedom and acceptance to dress up in crazy wigs and clothes, a break from their technology and more!   As someone who went to camp from the age of 7 through to 20, here is what I know my mother bought me (and now what I am giving my children).

I was given life skills.  She gifted me the exposure to finding out I was resilient. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  I’m one of those people. I can thank her for giving me the skills and knowledge to find my way out of a forest using a compass.  This is still a relevant skill despite what our children say!!  I am proud to have been given the network of women I am a part of today.  I can call on any of my “summer sisters” for advice, support or potential job prospects.  It is like a club but you don’t have to pretend to be something you aren’t. PHEW!  Kudos to her for teaching me that my behaviour CAN impact the life of a child.  I learned at the age of 16 that I was a role model and part of a team.

Your gift of camp will teach your child that she/he matters to people in addition to their family.  They will learn to belong to a group that feels like family.  Your investment will equip them with skills that will not only help them, but that will be used to give back to others as they go through life.  You will ensure that your child begins to learn conflict resolution in a safe, supportive environment.  Your gift will bring a lifetime of happiness and fond memories.  Isn’t that amazing?  Imagine if you gave your child a toy that brought them happiness for decades?  There would be a crazy rush during the holidays to get our hands on that one, elusive gift.

There are so many different types of camps to choose from.  Start investigating!  Talk to other Moms, go online, get referrals or book a tour of a camp you are interested in.  Some camps will even come to your house and visit with you and your potential camper!  Camp is a lifelong learning adventure.  Take the plunge!

 

About the Author:

Kim Graydon is the Associate Director of Development at Glen Bernard Camp in Hunstville, Ontario.

Handling Your Anxiety About Your Kid’s Food Allergies

A Guest Post by Mabel’s Labels Brand & Communications Manager, Karma Bryan-Ingle:

I have blogged on the Mabelhood site before about my son with life-threatening food allergies and the anxiety that can accompany it. As many of you know, I take a different approach to how I deal with this allergy anxiety. Namely, I don’t let it rule our lives or have too much impact on the choices I make for my son. I want him to have all of the same opportunities as any child and I want him to have the same experiences. We travel with Evan. We send him to sleep away camp. He goes to birthday parties and trick-or-treats at Halloween. We just do all these things with an air of caution.

A few weeks ago I was at an event at my son’s school. It was an Ignite event where 15 people got up for 5 minutes each and talked about something they were passionate about. The topics were varied and each one as interesting as the next. But the two that struck me the most were the ones by Evan’s teacher and his wife. Years ago, they took a trip to Nepal and fell in love with the land and its’ people. From that point forward, every other year they have taken a group of upper school students to Nepal for two weeks to do charitable work. Students come back from this trip transformed. This is a trip I would love for Evan to go on.

Which got me to thinking…would I let him go or would I be too scared to send him off to a foreign country without me, due to his life threatening allergies? For the first time ever, I considered having him miss out on an amazing opportunity. One that could change his life and shape the person he could become. All because of food allergies. I still don’t have the answer. I don’t know if I will let him go when he reaches Grade 11. Thankfully, I still have 8 years to decide!

So, what would you do? Would you send your allergic child off to have the experience of a lifetime or would you let the allergies win?

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