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Recent giving Updates!


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Just a quick update on some of the giving we’ve done together:

Freedom to Marry – Over $800!

First, thank you all for your support of our Valentine’s Day initiative! Thanks to your purchases of Cinnamon, we donated over $800 to Freedom to Marry this week!

Charity:Water – $3,452!

You may also remember back in the summer we had a drive to celebrate my birthday by donating to fund clean drinking water. Our goal was to raise $3200 and thanks to you, we surpassed that and raised $3,452 to provide people with a basic necessity for life.

I am happy to say that the money we raised has now been disbursed to Ethiopia, where they are beginning work to build clean water and sanitation projects. I am particularly happy that Ethiopia will be receiving the funds, because I have family ties to that country: it’s where my mom was born.

Our Kiva team – $4,825 in loans!

Finally, our Kiva team has loaned $4,825 so far! We’d love to have you join us in supporting folks around the world to get on their feet and make a living with a tiny microloan. It’s so easy, and since the loans are repaid, you can keep loaning the same $25 over and over! Join Kiva here and then join our team!

image above: Corrie Sharp and Jennifer Tom, married Sept 2012, via Freedom to Marry

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Miss Crayola Creepy

I love that you organized all this! And I am so happy to be part of it :)


Congrats! I wanted to buy the Cinnamon in support of freedom to marry but I’m honestly too lazy to print out the PDF and put it together! This I know because I haven’t put together the Parfait for the same reason. :). Please consider opening it up to the paper pattern!


SO fabulous. I know you had comments closed but as someone whose civil union was able to be legally recognized in my home state when we got married a year and a half ago, I am very grateful for what you did. :)

Rochelle New

That’s AMAZING news!!! I love how involved Colette is with worthy causes like these. You’re such an inspiration, Sarai.


This is so wonderful! It just makes me even happier that I bought your book and patterns. You’ve warmed the cockles of my little black heart today.


This is so awesome, and I’m really glad to see this type of post on this type of blog. Makes me happy. :)


Wow, these numbers are really great! I already own the Cinnamon, so didn’t buy. But I was inspired to donate a little bit to a local charity back home supporting the same thing.


Your Cinnamon offer was the perfect win-win Valentine’s Day trinket for me! Another splendid idea from Colette. I was so glad to participate. Now I’m gonna make me some slips and sundresses for the hot weather ahead. Can’t wait!!


Congratulations on great results of the wonderful causes!


Since I waffled on the Cinnamon/Freedom to Marry, I joined the Kiva team. Thanks Sarai! I’ll look for a local charity to support FtM next!


I love that you gave all of us a chance to be a part of these causes. Simply fantastic!


Congratulations in achieving your goals!! What great causes and how wonderful ways to give!!


Even though I’m not gay, I can totally sympathize with “Freedom to Marry.” Almost thirty years ago, my husband was forbidden to date and marry me because I was a Catholic (he joined the church, also). To this day, his family is very anti-gay. My response to them is always the same: “How would you like to live without the love of your life?” I’m sure it falls on deaf ears, because there is a certain segment of the population that just refuses to be educated. The rest of us, hopefully, help make up for the unkindness of others.


What terrific work! You should be proud you were able to facilitate this good work, Sarai. So often, we are overwhelmed by the suffering and injustices of the world, and ask, “what can I possibly do?” But this shines a light into the darkness, showing that every move we make to change things for the better counts. Thank you.


Thank you guys, I’m really proud of how much all of you have participated.

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