In the past, Art from the ♥ has featured an individual artist or artisan that shares his or her creativity, passion and energy with others for the good of humanity. Today, you are going to meet the international, 203-member, Etsy Carried Away Bag Makers Team (CABTeam). According to Krystal of solsisters and Leader of the CABTeam, “We opened this team shop so that we could give back to those in need. All proceeds are given to charities voted on by our team members.”
Krystal credits new team member and former Air Force active duty soldier and military wife, Beth from Southern Sweet T’s, for suggesting Herobox as their first philanthropic effort. Herobox is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides custom support to our heroes overseas. Their mission is to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom. A HeroBox is a care package that has been customized to a soldier’s specific request. The troops have certain needs and wants depending on their sex, location, along with a variety of other factors. The typical care package that a soldier receives isn’t always influenced by those needs and wants. The goal of the organization is to make sure that each HeroBox is directly influenced by the soldier.
The first team challenge was to create bags that represented our personal feelings about the word “freedom.” Krystal explained, “We were so excited to be able to show our appreciation for freedom by helping make life on the front lines a little easier for one of our fighting girls and her unit!” She continued, “While Herobox benefits both male and female soldiers, the proceeds from all bags sold in this shop will go to send a monthly Herobox to our adopted marine with items she has requested, along with some surprise goodies, for her share with her unit of 32 troopers.
Modeled by Krystal, Scraps of Freedom Americana Market Tote is a great companion for all American pastimes like beach combing, picnicking, play dates at the park or a day out shopping at your local farmer’s market.
Krystal emphasized, “No matter what you think of the current conflicts, we can all agree that these men and women need to know that the folks here at home care about them and appreciate their choice to serve. This is our way of giving that support, and we hope you’ll join us.”
You can follow HeroBox on twitter: http://twitter.com/HeroBox
You can join the HeroBox cause on facebook: http://bit.ly/1a7SMs
You can check out HeroBox pictures on flickr: http://bit.ly/GWUKt