|Sewn slippers made from various girly fabrics.|
"Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are forced to leave their homes and seek safety and healing in shelters across the country. Through participation with the Pink Slipper Project, we can make a difference in the lives of a few of those women and children, and remind them that their someone, somewhere, is thinking of them."
|These slippers were made from yarn and resembled a "zebra-like" print. Love the color combos here.|
How do they do that? This is their mission:
"The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of women and children living in shelters. Our goal is to provide hand-made slippers to as many women and children that we possibly can, adding new challenges throughout the year. As time and donations allow, we will open our arms wide to as many women’s and children’s shelters that we can provide for.
|They even crochet/knit teddy bears and baby dolls!|
Not only will a pair of handmade slippers help keep the recipients warm, when some have had to leave their home suddenly without any belongings, but will also be a daily reminder that someone cared enough about them to make something special just for them. A simple kindness goes a long way in the healing process."
|All infant sizes here by the same designer in the same fabric.|
After some collaboration between Joyce Lucas, the founder, Rachel Terrill, her assistant and I, Lucas offered the loving gift of providing wonderful hand-made slippers to our three local shelters we are focusing on here at The Compassion Fashion Project:
|Little pom pom slippers and a "fairy" pair...cute, cute, cute!|
|My friend, Jacquline call these the "Fraggle" slippers. I love the colors and the fuzzies.|
|Flowers featured on the toes, ballet slipper style, and another adorable pom pom pair...teddy, too!|
|Earth tones featured here with my|
Manolo Blahnik print on canvas...ohh la la.
I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was absolutely thrown for a loop when they announced on their website that they would be creating over 1000 slippers for our domestic violence shelters! My husband and I just finished our deliveries this past week and I must say, it has been one of the proudest moments in my life. The slippers are such a sweet gift, but the fact that thousands of women across the United States have given their time to crochet, knit, or hand sew the footwear is priceless.
Can we put a price tag on this? It has been something that I have pondered. My thought is that if each design is worth just $10.00 each, then we have raised over $10,000 worth of products with the help of The Pink Slipper Project! Now, I am being modest on that total, because if you could see these slippers in person, they are gorgeous! I am a retail person and when I look at these designs carefully made and thought out the way that they are, I am sure it is a larger price tag.
|Many teddy/slipper combos!|
Some women sew little pom poms on the toes. Some designs are tailored at the ankle with these little pieces of "fluff"...I am not sure what to call it, but my friend Jacqueline said they look like Fraggles! Adorable! Some pieces have fabulous color combinations and some are only one color. A few of my favorites looked like fairy shoes. I love the ones that are well thought out and look like something you would find in a high end baby boutique, too. They have come in every size imaginable from infant on up. These ladies mean to please and have made it their business to show it in every way.
This donation that the Pink Slipper Project has filtered through The Compassion Fashion Project has solidified our relationships with our wonderful shelters and given us a jump start to a very successful year. Elizabeth Newell, our social media administrator, has moved into the position of Quad City Area Director and has already secured over 500 pairs of slippers for the shelters she is working with through the Pink Slipper Project. I am really looking forward to the future of The Compassion Fashion Project and an ongoing relationship with Joyce Lucas and all the great women of the Pink Slipper Project.
Please visit the Pink Slipper Project for how you can participate in this wonderful project...and better photos.