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Operation Sock Monkey - Clowns Without Borders

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Operation Sock Monkey - Clowns Without Borders
Swap Homepage:http://www.operationsockmonkey.com/
Swap Coordinator:spaceanddeath (contact)
Swap categories: Crafts  Sewing  Newbie 
Number of people in swap:5
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:August 24, 2009
Date items must be sent by:September 30, 2009
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

After being inspired by the Holocaust Museum Butterfly Swap , I thought I'd set up a charitable swap of my own.

Clowns Without Borders is an artist-led humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play. Operation Sock Monkey is an organization that is helping to raise money and psychosocial support tools for Clowns Without Borders.

This is how it works:

  • Volunteers make sock monkeys

  • OSM leaders work to find people to sponsor the sock monkey's trip (with a CWB artist) to South Africa

  • The artist will work to bring laughter and joy with communities of children that are living with HIV/AIDS

  • The sock monkey is then given to one of the children to keep and provide companionship and ongoing smiles!

Like the Holocaust butterfly swap, there are two parts to this swap:

  1. Please make one sock monkey and send it to the address that will be provided (destination will be in Canada). Sock monkeys do not need to be traditional Rockford Red-Heel monkeys (i.e. feel free to use funky socks and decorations) however, they should be monkeys and not sock monsters / creatures / other animals. Be sure to indicate on the package that the monkey is being sent as part of the Swap-bot OSM initiative and include your name and the name of your partner.

  2. Please send your swap partner via email or snail mail a photo/scan/coloured photocopy of your monkey, along with a note describing the materials/techniques you used and how you felt while making it.

This swap is open to everyone with a rating of 4.5 or higher and a filled out profile, even newbies without past package swaps. I'm hoping that as this is such a worthwhile cause that people with not flake on it. Please think of the kids! All flakers will be publically posted.

Even so, I will be following up with the OSM organizer who will be receiving all the monkeys to make sure they've arrived and reserve the right to kick anyone who I don't think will follow through on the swap. In case there are flakers, I will be trying my best to angel this swap because I don't want anyone left hanging, and I want the kids to get their monkeys.

For those of you who have never made a sock monkey before, it's really quite fun and easy! Here are a few URL's to instructions:

Hearts should go to folks who send multiple monkeys, put a lot of work into making their monkeys fancy / elaborate or who match the monkey's "style" to elements in their partner's profile.

Discussion

jcm716 08/10/2009 #

Hi, I cant sew for the life of me. Can I still join and I will buy a sockmonkey from either Etsy or Ebay to send as this sounds like a great idea! Would love to be part of it

spaceanddeath 08/10/2009 #

Hiya jcm716,

I think that would be fine, as long as it is a.) a new monkey b.) you can get a picture of it to send to your partner and c.) you can send it to Canada without incuring COD duty charges to the OSM receiver.

If you do this, explain why you chose this specific monkey to purchase (in lieu of how you felt when you made it) - better yet if you're getting it on Etsy, see if the maker will include some kind of customization that comes from your partner's profile.

AndreaSmondria 08/10/2009 #

i love this, i love how the girl or boy gets to keep it.

im watching this, but im probably joining!!!

jcm716 08/10/2009 #

Yes it will be a new one and great I will do that. I am glad I can participate.

Jembogawa 08/21/2009 #

great idea, this will only be the 2nd thing i've ever made on a sewing machine (the 1st was also a sock monkey!) and to know it will be helping a good cause is just fantastic :)

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