Background: Peace By Hand started out of a desire to engage civically and locally with a mood of connection over further separation and to nurture self- and community-experienced conviviality during the holiday season. After searching for a handmade gift drive in Chicago and not discovering one, the first gift drive was held last year to benefit an incredible organization, I Grow Chicago, and was a beautiful success — children and emerging adults were gifted handmade, one of a kind gifts including scarves, blankets, baby hats, soaps, jewelry and ceramics. All gifts were wrapped in re-used and upcycled wrapping materials sourced from The Wasteshed.

Because of current circumstances, this year’s mission is slightly altered with the focus shifting from handmade objects to providing blank, inviting journals!

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Mission: Peace by Hand seeks to serve Leipzig’s refugee population during the holiday season through 1) acknowledging individuals that are in need of support with dignity and compassion and 2) to uphold the power of creative expression in our lives, under the fervent belief that when we create things, we create meaning. This year, we hope to attend to each recipient's individual creative spirit through the gifting of journals and a bundle of writing/drawing utensils.

Peace by Hand is focusing on journals, as they provide a place to hold emotions, wishes, fears, prayers, questions, and stories both fiction and non-fiction. Journals provide a sanctuary to experience wonder, catharsis, clarity, gratitude, whim, and reveal deeper meaning and purpose. The intention is to empower opportunities for each individual to experience their innate wisdom, explore their creativity, and to deepen in self-interaction — the pathway to self-compassion.

100% of collected funds will cover the costs of the following:

Journals: https://www.boesner.com/papiere/papiere/skizzenpapier/skizzenhefte

Writing/Drawing utensils: For each journal provided, a hand-wrapped bundle of assorted drawing materials will be provided. All materials will be sourced from kunZstoffe.

Peace by Hand is working with ____ to distribute these journals to everyone from young children to elders. The donation button below will request your email and phone number by default, you will not be contacted by phone.

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