Gifts for Good hosts craft party

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On March 13 Gifts for Good hosted a Craft Party encouraging students to help make use of donated recyclable goods by turning them into something new and later selling for donations.

Gifts for Good started as a civic engagement project but was popular enough to get the attention of helpful individuals. Eca-core now works with CCE to put on these events for “environmental and civic action” said President of Gifts for Good Shandra Swilling.

The gifts that are made range from coin purses made from milk cartons to beer bottle cap earrings. Most crafts become decorative wall art for students’ blank dorm rooms.

“Everyone is looking to decorate,” said Swilling.

These crafts can be purchased at the Gifts for Good tables in the UC.

With Earth Week 2013 rapidly approaching, Gifts for Good is looking for help in making recycled crafts to sell during that week. Gifts for Good will have a table in the UC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Earth Week to sell their crafts. Profits from a week of tabling can range from $50 to $100, which are then donated to local organizations like Dairy Creek Community Food Web. The main goals of Gifts for Good are being sustainable and helping the community.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in events like these and Gifts for Good is always looking for new members. Their meetings include crafting and a few vegan-friendly snacks. Students can even make crafts on their own time, using the recyclables and bring them to be sold at tabling.

Staff and faculty can also help out by donating goods. Corks, CDs, beads, fabric, old magazines and toilet paper rolls are just a few of the accepted donations. Students are always welcome to help out and get crafty. These Craft Parties are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in Scott Hall room 110 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or ways to help email Shandra Swilling at


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