Celebrating Our Turtle Backpack Drive!

"Turtle Drive" Celebration!

At Trades of Hope, we are always so excited when our Partners and customers “go the extra mile” to make a meaningful impact on their local communities! Because of their recent efforts, over 2,400 Turtle Backpacks and Royal Persian Puppets brought some much-needed fun to children facing difficult challenges across the U.S. That’s a lot of turtles, puppets, and smiles!

This amazing “Turtle Drive” started as a grass-roots idea to bring hope to pediatric patients who were spending their summertime in a hospital instead of a playground. But it quickly grew into a much bigger vision to include many other 501(c)3 non-profit organizations where children receive treatment and care.

Throughout June and July, many Trades of Hope Partners excitedly shared this opportunity with customers, friends, and family.

Every time someone purchased a Turtle Backpack through a Trades of Hope Partner, our outreach program, Gifts of Hope, matched these gifts by donating a Royal Persian Puppet to the local children’s organizations.

Some donors even filled their backpacks with toys, clothing, and other gifts.

When over 1,200 Turtle Backpacks were purchased and donated by Trades of Hope customers to children across the U.S., Gifts of Hope happily provided over 1,200 Royal Persian Puppets to double the fun!

Handcrafted by Artisans in Guatemala and India, these fun-filled donations are gifts that just kept giving!

Each backpack from Guatemala and puppet from India also provided Artisans in poverty-stricken communities with income to buy food, clothing, and other necessities for their families!

Way to go Trades of Hope Partners and customers! That’s some amazing teamwork!

READ MORE about our Artisan partners in Guatemala who make our Turtle Backpacks.

About Trades of Hope

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope was started to give women that opportunity for a better life.

Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope’s help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!

Trades of Hope works with Artisans and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children, alone. Some are in war-torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy.

These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families…and hope and dream of a better life for them.

Trades of Hope is helping by offering their products through home parties, so every woman can put food on her family’s table, a roof over their heads, and get medical care and education for her children.

About Gifts of Hope

Gifts of Hope is an important link in the chain of empowering women out of poverty. It is the vehicle through which we give back through a percentage of our product sales. Throughout the year, Trades of Hope gives donations to organizations with a specific vision in mind: fighting for justice for women around the world. That is why, in addition to the work we are doing by creating sustainable businesses, we choose to use Gifts of Hope to contribute to the efforts of others.

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Kathy Thomas
About Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communication Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan Development.

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