🌻Sunflowers of Hope Project Fundraiser🌻.
Kids in town are getting outside and taking family walks more than ever now with our schools shuttered, but they can no longer meet up with their friends or play on playgrounds. Maybe we can try a community pick-me-up activity to put some smiles on faces and also challenge ourselves to help during this pandemic.
Some of us have started drawing, painting and creating sunflowers and then posting them in our windows, on our mailboxes, in our yards or even using sidewalk chalk on driveways, for kids to spot.
For every sunflower made and posted, preferably visibly from your street, $1 will be donated to Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund. This fund is now helping Lowell families in need during this pandemic by supporting existing non-profits already helping in Lowell.
The sky is the limit on how creative we can get with this. Some of the Carlisle Artisans are already at work making sunflowers. The more weatherproof the better; packing tape over recycled cardboard works fairly well as a laminator.
Maybe families will go on a little drive around town to help with cabin fever and count sunflowers along the way. Once the spring is in full swing, maybe we can consider planting native sunflowers!
Once you make your sunflowers, please email photos of them to SunflowersOfHopeProject@gmail.com so they may be tallied. Please include your street name with the pictures for the scavenger hunt piece. (I’ll post street names to the Parents Group and CFC where kids might be able to spy some.)
A donation for the first 100 sunflowers made will be covered by our family. Beyond that, anyone may contribute directly to Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund via the fundraiser’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/501808410766117/?fundraiser_source=external_url You don’t need to make art to contribute financially!
Please consider creating some sunflowers (or making a donation) to spread some joy and hope at the time we need it most.
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation's Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund is a charity listed in the Boston Globe's article, "Here's how you can donate to organizations helping people affected by coronavirus shutdowns."
The mission of the GLCF is to foster community growth and development through funding, leadership, and collaboration to transform the lives of the individuals and organizations we serve. GLCF fulfills this mission in the following ways: • Grant giving: nonprofit organizations, high-school scholarships, and special funding initiatives • Working in partnership with our donors and other funders to achieve high impact philanthropy • Serving as a convener and center of information where ideas are shared, to leverage common agendas and resources in the future.
If you’re interested in planting native sunflowers this spring, here’s a link for wild sunflower seeds: