Local Inspiration

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My oldest, trying to decide how to spend his money at Wonder Works, yesterday.
Tomorrow, May 16th, is the first annual Christine Osborn Day, to mark her continuing contributions to our community. Christine Osborn owns a magical toy store, Wonder Works, and their community involvement is amazing. They promote dozens of local products where the proceeds go to charity, they host huge kids' fairs and giveaways, and Christine was the one responsible for getting Little Red Wagon here. 

So, it is no surprise that Christine does not want this day to be about her – she wants it to be about the magic of giving. Whether you share your appreciation with someone, or help out your neighbor, or bring food to a homeless shelter...there are many ways to pay it forward and make a positive impact in someone else’s life.

Think about how you can do that on May 16th. 
A 12 year old girl stood up in front of the entire congregation in "big church" on Sunday to talk about a well-known local project that she co-founded, Keys for Hope. Not only am I amazed that they have already managed to raise over $40,000 for our local homeless shelter by selling recycled keys embellished with glitter and buttons, but she stood up in front of everyone at big church to talk about it. You go, girl. Keys of Hope's fundraising goal is $1 million. I have no doubt they will get there. (No surprise, you can find the keys at Wonder Works. That's Christine in the picture with them.)

If all that isn't enough, on May 31 – June 2 The Coastal Cupboard will have their Semi-Annual Charity Knife Sharpening Event benefitting Feed the Need! For just $1 per knife, people can come and get their knives professionally sharpened where all proceeds benefit Feed the Need, a local charity aimed to help relieve the economic burden that soup kitchens and shelters face in our community.
They will also host a charity raffle including cooking classes, cutlery sets, and a grand prize of a dinner for 4 at the Charleston Grill with wine pairings (a $700 value)!

Um, that's a no-brainer.

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