For many people, the holidays this year will be a difficult reminder of all they've lost...friends and family that have passed on. Friends and family that we perhaps, sadly, cannot be with during this normally festive time. Lost jobs. Loss of our normal ways of life. However, the future is looking brighter...promising vaccines are on the way in 2021 and we will bounce back and make it through these difficult times together.
During 2020, the one thing that really stood out to me about you, my amazing friends, family, customers, and supporters is the amount of caregiving and outpouring of kindness for others that I witnessed throughout this year. Making your care packages for others and writing your gift notes felt like a little blessing each and every time I was involved in your acts of kindness, plus you were making sure that I (and other small, local businesses) made it through an extremely difficult time. I am writing today overwhelmed when I realize the global scale of this outpouring of good and the real impact that our simple acts can create.
Food banks estimate that four out of ten families seeking assistance this year will be doing so for the first time to put food on their tables as a direct result of the pandemic. With that said, I will be donating 10% of all online purchases from Tuesday, 11/24 through Monday, 11/30 directly to Feeding America during our Thanksgiving #SHOPFORGOOD event to help families and individuals in need this season.
Full disclosure: throughout the year, I donate regularly to Feeding America and Scenic Hudson from your purchases. I believe in paying kindness forward and supporting others. I believe that we must care for and protect our planet to preserve its resources and natural beauty for future generations to enjoy. I very much believe that we are all in this together, beyond 2020.
This year, I often found my myself working alone in the studio or having coffee and thinking of Anne Frank. Of one girl's absolute optimism, kindness of heart, and determination of spirit during exceedingly dark and desperate times. I find that her life and words are now, more than ever, incredibly inspiring and moving.
This quote I find especially apt and close to my heart:
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”