I was featured in this month's issue of Scrap n art, an online magazine that has fabulous articles and layouts in it.
I credit my mother with making me the person I am today. She taught me to care for others. Most of the article deals with the charity events that I have participated in since become a fiskateer.
When someone asks what is Fiskateers, telling them it is an online crafting community is only the tip of the iceberg. I have done several events to raise money for different charities. I have enjoyed every one.
Just wanted to share the article online now!
Dare to Care
Scrapbookers, as an overall community,
are a caring group. Whenever there is a
need, whether it is providing pre-made
scrapbook pages to sick children in the
hospital, cards for US troops overseas or
scrapbook supplies for women in a shelter,
scrapbookers are ready to do their share.
Maxine Hodges is one such scrapbooker
who is always ready to do as much as
she can to help those around her and has
made her scrapbooking passion an integral
part in her charitable contributions.
Elena Etcheverry of Scrapbook Royalty
said, “Maxine is one of those scrapbookers
who uses her affi liation with the hobby
to make a difference.”
Maxine began scrapbooking when she was invited
to a home party in 1994. Maxine said, “I
collected many tools and materials, but then
the newness wore off and I did not pick it back
up until 1997. My son got married and I had
grandsons and the passion was back and has
only grown over the years.” Also in 1994, Maxine
began working at her local scrapbook store
and soon became the manager. She was employed
there for over 10 years when in 2006,
the owners decided to move to North Carolina.
“On a Tuesday, I was the manager and by
Saturday, I was the owner of The Scrapbook
Page and More in Barboursville, WV. I love my
job and love to come to work everyday,” said
The scrapbook store provides a perfect venue
for Maxine to combine her favorite hobby and
her charity work. She has held Scrap Pink crops
and now holds a yearly crop in support of the
National Lupus Foundation, the charity which
is closest to her heart. “My brother-in-law, Jarrell
Bledsoe, was one of the most compassionate
and giving people I have ever known. He
suffered from this disease for fi ve years before
his death. The disease presents itself so differently
in each person, it is hard to diagnose and
even harder to treat. I could not help him, but
I think he would be proud I have taken on this
cause to help other families who are dealing
with it,” said Maxine.
Maxine’s involvement in charity work is not
limited to her activities at the store. She is also
an active member of the Charity Fiskamittee of
the Fiskateers. Fiskateers are Fiskars Crafting
Ambassadors. They have an international online
community and members also get together
for real life local events. Maxine is currently
the 2009 Fiskateer of the Year. Through the
Fiskateers, Maxine has been involved in Sock
It To Poverty (collecting socks for the homeless),
Cards for the Troops and collecting food
for her local food pantry. The Fiskateers have
also become involved with Maxine in her work
for the National Lupus Foundation. “The First
Annual Crop for Lupus was held in 2008. I really
did not know exactly what I was doing, but
the crop and a corresponding auction raised
$600.00. I was so proud, but determined that
the next event would be so much bigger and
better. And it was! In 2009, Rebecca Peck, a
lead Fiskateer, agreed to come to the crop and
the attendance started getting so big, I knew
my shop would not hold everyone. The crop
fee was donated to the National Lupus Foundation.
My landlord was kind enough to let
me use an empty space close to my
store. We decorated walls and tables
and even made up a Fiskateer song.
Rebecca did a make and take and
we scrapbooked and enjoyed meeting
so many new people. We turned
the town orange (Fiskateer color)! We
had an auction and raised $2400 for my charity! We are currently in the process of planning for
the 2010 crop,” said Maxine.
To Maxine, there is no greater satisfaction than helping others. “As a child, my mother taught
me the meaning and satisfaction of doing for others. We made dinner for my aunt, who had cancer,
every weekend and spent every Saturday evening with her. We always collected for Unicef.
During high school, I was in service clubs which collected money for charitable causes. In Junior
Womans Club, I helped raise funds for a new volunteer fi re department in our small community
and as PTA president, I raised funds and got grants to build a playground at our new elementary
school. Since childhood, I have learned the gratifi cation of giving and helping others,” said
Make sure if you are in Barboursville, West Virginia to stop by and visit Maxine at her store, The
Scrapbook Page in the RiverPlace Plaza (304-733-9414). Who knows, you might just be lucky
enough to join her as she crops for charity! If a trip is not possible, then check out her blog at
Dare to Care
by Melita Chow
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Dare to Care charities are chosen in conjunction with Scrapbook Royalty.
Scrapbook Royalty is a 100% volunteer run organization whose