Christmas “Ornaments” Sold: Proceeds to Sojourn

Tiny Sweaters Help Raise $500+

(Editor’s note: Circling the News received the following letter from former Chamber of Commerce president Sandy Eddy on December 21.)

Former Chamber of Commerce President Sandy Eddy knitted the tiny sweater decorations for BOCA’s tree on Monument.

Dear Friends,

What started as a simple request for some Christmas tree decorations turned into an unexpected Christmas miracle.

BOCA co-owner Denise [Mangimelli] asked me to create tiny cashmere sweater ornaments for her Holiday Stroll tree, which was sponsored by the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce.

My first instinct was “What, are you crazy?” Then, I reconsidered. If I can make doggie sweaters, how hard could it be to make little tiny sweater ornaments?

Alison [Burmeister—a yoga teacher at the YMCA and at the Woman’s Club] suggested that people would actually want to buy them and I should price them at $10 each.

Denise agreed to ‘sell’ them, but I had one condition–that we would donate all of the proceeds to Sojourn, an organization that serves adult and child victims of domestic violence.

I had no expectations that we would actually sell any!

Yet we did, and I’d like to thank everyone who made this “fundraiser” a success by purchasing these funky little ornaments.

I’m overjoyed to announce that yesterday I presented Sojourn with over $500 in cash donations from the sales of those tiny cashmere sweaters. We have collectively brought some holiday joy into the lives of some who are not as fortunate as we are.

There are still a few sweaters left on the tree at BOCA (on Monument at Sunset). I will cheerfully make another trip over to Sojourn with more donations if anyone needs last-minute stocking stuffers.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

–Sandy Eddy


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4 Responses to Christmas “Ornaments” Sold: Proceeds to Sojourn

  1. Alison says:

    Giving a whole new meaning behind “Christmas Sweaters”! Thanks for sharing and Cheers to realizing that sometimes it’s the “little” things in life that truly bring the most Joy!

  2. Maryam says:

    This is the best thing I’ve heard all year, made even better by virtue of the fact that Sandy has a hand in it. I’m going down to buy some today – and kudos to sandy and Boca! ???

  3. Sandy says:

    Thank you for your responses! I still have a few that I will take over this afternoon.

  4. Sandy says:

    Yesterday a final donation from this effort was dropped off at Sojourn. Donations of over $700 raised in less than a month will be put to great use by this organization. Thanks again to everyone who contributed by ‘purchasing’ ornaments. Happy New Year!

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