Friday, March 24, 2017


One of the things I decided long ago was that a percentage of the profits I make through our Hob Nobbers Occasional Sales and my Etsy Store would be donated to a worthy cause. In the beginning I donated the profits to Ministries in China that reached out to young girls and women being trafficked.

The first organization was called, Eden. You can find them here.  Then we donated to Deep Green which was another ministry that our daughter and son-in-law began to help girls being trafficked in China.

Presently we're donating to Next Chapter Ministries which is a local Christian ministry in  our hometown. This organization reaches out to those impacted by crime. Whether it's men and women in jail, children of offenders, youth in trouble, or whole families, they reach out and help meet needs and help them make changes in their lives.

Years ago I began an outreach to juvenile offenders and other troubled youth. We would go into the Juvenile Detention Center and lead Bible Studies and help them set goals when they got out. Eventually when I retired, my ministry was merged into another organization called, Next Chapter Ministries. They previously ministered to adult offenders and then expanded to help the youth and whole families after we merged the ministries.

So now I'm donating a percentage of sales to Next Chapter, the youth part of the ministry. So those who shop with us know that part of their money goes into helping local youth and families. They help give kids positive and fun experiences that they may not have had.

Some of the youth with Staff person, learning to canoe.

We also have a generous friend, Sarah, who donates beautiful antiques as she begins downsizing and we sell them and donate all those proceeds to these organizations as well. Thank you, Sarah, for your generosity! Your giving is making a difference!

I realize we are not the only ones who donate part of their proceeds to a local organization. But what if ALL small business' found a local mission  or organization to support? What a difference it would make to people right in your own community! Even giving small amounts can make a difference and create BIG impacts right in your own backyard!

It has been gratifying to see lives being changed, NEW LIVES beginning! Thanks to all of you who shop with Hob Nobbers and Gwen And Alma's, who by shopping with us, are helping to make a difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable and needy.


  1. What a wonderful idea. I have my trunk loaded with stuff to donate to a good charity near my house. You always inspire me! Hugs, Diane


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