Josh sent me a link to an interesting article today. It is called "For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help". It highlights something that I was thinking as we went into the holiday season. It is a Christmas to make gifts and your own affordable decorations. It is also a Christmas to stick close to home and support your local economy by buying American Made products. We are all in this together and the more we can lift and support our sister or brother, the quicker we can pull out of this together. I was surprised when I looked more closely and realized just how many Made in the USA products we (Soft Flex Company) sell. We sell a lot of them. Including Soft Flex Wire, Soft Touch Wire, Extreme Flex Wire, Metallics Flex Wire, Artistic Wire, Pro Tools, WigJigs, Twist N Curls, Knitting Spools, Crimps, Diva Custom Cord Makers, etc. Scott and Mike (owners of Soft Flex) have so many great qualities. I couldn't possibly list them all. However, the one that I think is important in this conversation is their desire to give a helping hand to entreprenuers. They were once just 2 guys with a great idea (Soft Flex Wire). They know how hard it was to get started and they have always been open to new and creative ideas. Anyway, the article was interesting and definitely left me thinking!
On another subject, charities are hurting this Christmas. It is up to each of us to do our part to make sure that our favorite good cause gets food, toys or money to fulfill the needs of their clients. Here is one of my favorite charities and is also where Josh works full time: CASS Homeless Shelter. Josh just set up a page for them on change.org. I think you can donate there. Without places like this, people would have nowhere to go to get back on their feet, get food in their bellies, blankets & shelter. I'm so thankful that Josh & his co-workers work so hard to run the largest homeless shelter in Arizona and that people who are down and out have a place to go for help.
Happy Holidays! Get your shopping and baking done because the holiday is upon us. :)