Elise Hamel, Whittier, California, USA
On April 23, 2016 about 15-20 women (including mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters) from La Leche League of Whittier (California, USA) gathered together at a teething/nursing necklace fundraiser event. Group mother and social coordinator Melinda Holt and Group Leader Elise Hamel planned and coordinated the event that included a nursing or teething necklace “bead bar,” and snacks and refreshments donated by a local organic grocery store and a local coffeehouse chain. Mothers brought yummy treats, too. We had lots of community fun as women sat and talked as they crafted! The event was held on a Saturday so that working mothers who aren’t able to attend our weekday meetings were able to join us.
Women made necklaces for themselves as well as some to give as gifts for a suggested donation of $15-20 per necklace. After the event, we sold a few more necklaces at our Series Meetings and at a few of our other community events. We raised over $150. It was so successful that we hope to hold regular craft fundraiser days in the future, offering a different craft each time. If you are interested in holding a similar event for your Group and would like any further information, contact Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elise Hamel is a LLL Leader in Whittier, California USA. She is currently tandem nursing her two-year-old and four-year-old sons. Elise loves helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals, being a mother, planning events and entertaining.