#ValentinesDayForGood Thank You

Photos courtesy of Taylor Davidson

Thank you to everyone for coming to the #ValentinesDayForGood party on Saturday. It was a huge success! Kate and I can’t thank you enough for your heart, your time, and your creativity. Over 300 people came to the event and it was a beautiful and happy morning.

Check out the photos!

At the end of the event we looked around and there were over 400 Valentine’s! We sorted them into two piles — refugee and general. We created stacks through our happy tears and yesterday all of the Valentine’s were delivered to the following local organizations:

We were so honored to have Councilmen Cory O’Connor and Dan Gilman at the event and Mayor Peduto was so generous with his time and gave a really thoughtful speech in support of refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh.

Thank you to ALL of our volunteers. From people who came early to setup, to working the craft tables and cleaning up and especially the carpool volunteers who drove all over the city to pick up and bring refugee families to the event. Thank you Karen and Taylor for the photos.

Thank you to our local Homewood businesses (Everyday Cafe and 7 Senses) for the friend-rate to provide coffee and breakfast.

Thank you to Blick Art Supplies, The Frick Pittsburgh and The Center for Creative Reuse for your craft supply donations. Thank you to Minuteman Press on Centre for giving us the nonprofit rate on the fliers and table cards.

Thank you to Northern Area Multi Service Center’s Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Program, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, ISAC and PRYSE for tabling at the event and sharing more about what you do.

Thank you to all of our donors who helped pay for this event. We raised $980 and spent $920. The remaining will be donated.

The biggest thank you to The Shop’s owners Ashley Cecil and Adam Paulsilick for use of their brand new space. As promised we did not bring glitter! This new community event space is really exciting and I can’t wait to see the other programming they put together and I’m already working on my next community event idea.

Madeleine Albright once said, “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

We are stronger together. Thank you for showing up.

In Solidarity,