Your Donations + Women Shelter Responses!

November 26, 2013

Hello Lovely,

We are nearing the end of our Indiegogo campaign. The campaign officially draws to a close on Saturday Nov 30th at 11 a.m., which means you still have a few days to get in on all the super fun perks. Together, we have raised $8,338 so far and only have $1,662 to go in order to hit our $10,000 goal!  Waaaaahoooo!  I know we can make this happen.

And here’s how:

By supporting the campaign, you’ll be eligible for Poppy Soap perks, which means you take home Poppy Soap at a discount price with free shipping! A few people have asked if we are matching perk purchases through our Bar for Bar program and the answer is YES. For every bar we send out to funders, we’ll be making a donation to their local women’s shelter.

If you’ve already supported the campaign, you can continue helping us reach our goal by sharing the campaign with your friends, family and social networks. Post the campaign link and information on Facebook and Twitter. Send up smoke signals! Release a carreier pigeon! Tell anyone and everyone…and let’s cross that $10,000 mark together!

As you know by now, our campaign funds will supporting the continuation of our Bar for Bar program. As a Poppy Soap supporter, you are part of an important mission to bring hope to women in shelters around the country. In fact, I’d like to share a little story to help you understand what being part of this movement really means:

A few years ago, while researching how I might be able to help my local women shelter, I noticed that every shelter “needs list” included soap. I immediately knew that this was an opportunity to help by donating luxury organic soap. Though it’s a small gesture, it has the power to make women feel special because it’s not just a bar of generic store-bought soap.

I hoped that our organic soap donations would give these women a sense of being taken care of. That they, too, deserve a really nice, personal product, and even more, they deserve to know that someone in their community cares for them.

A few weeks ago I reached out to a few of the directors at women’s shelters that have received Poppy Soap Co. donations.  I wanted to share a few insights from the interviews so you can get a sense of how and who you are helping.

How long is a typical stay? What kind of transformation do the women make between their arrival and departure?

The average length of stay we saw in the shelter was 42 days last year.

Each individual is different but often times we see woman come in and they are beaten, worn down, tattered and left for disposal. We see change and growth. We see smiles come back to their faces. We see children come in that cry all the time to running and playing. Sometimes success is not defined whether someone gets permanent housing, it often times is defined by empowerment in oneself to take control of their life back and make their own decisions.

– Annie, Emergency Shelter Director At Avalon Center for Women and Children in Fargo, North Dakoda

Tell us about the types of women who find themselves in shelters?There is no one type of woman who comes to our shelter.  We have served women who have nothing to their name, and have had others come to shelter driving a Jaguar. We see women of all races, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, as well as those with special needs. The most common denominator for the women that we serve is that they have nowhere else to go – they don’t have the support system or the finances to go somewhere else.
As you can imagine, financial donations are critical to providing shelter and services to the women and children in our shelters but what some people don’t realize is that many of these families barely have enough money for food and clothing, let alone personal hygiene products.  Your donation of organic soap will be gratefully received.
-Nicki, WIN Director of special projects and partnership

On this Thanksgiving week, I just want to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without your support, our Bar for Bar donations are not possible. You are a huge part of our story as a company, and the driving force behind a give back movement that is bringing hope to women and communities across the country.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.


PS.  You can check out my special video message to you for this week: Click Here 🙂

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