THE mom behind the box
Hi! I’m Meghan. Mom of three, wife, crafter, and crazy holiday enthusiast.
My happiest childhood memories are of the holiday and birthday celebrations my mom threw for my sisters and me. She put so much energy and thought into them—from the food, to the decorations, to the games—and I could tell. Seeing how hard she worked to make something special and fun for me made me feel important and loved beyond words.
Valentine’s Day was my favorite. Each year I awoke to a trail of paper hearts leading me from my room to an over-the-top breakfast in the kitchen: strawberry waffles; hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles; and festive streamers and heart-shaped confetti surrounding pink and red place settings. Throughout the day, the house was a mess, but she didn't clean—she helped us craft sparkly cards or necklaces or something requiring the hot glue gun. It was magical.
Twenty-five years later, as a full-time working mom, I realize busy parents don’t always have the time, energy or foresight that she had. I want kids today to experience that same feeling I did as a child, without their parents having to stay up all night planning and prepping for a special day together.
Giving kids that magical feeling of love and worth and happiness and togetherness all at once—that’s the reason I do what I do.
The urge to give
I’ve always felt a strong urge to help others—to spend my time doing good for the community rather than climbing a corporate ladder.
In 2017, I heard a podcast that told the Toms story and was inspired to grow my brand-new business for the sheer purpose of being able to give. It hit me: the boxes I sold could fund boxes for children in need.
I contacted a nearby foster care resource center, and they were thrilled to start accepting boxes. I rallied my friends and family to help me put them together.
Humanity over profits
In 2018, with the help of many, many volunteers, we were able to bring arts and crafts to 750 children and families in need. We formed new partnerships with more foster care resources, children’s hospitals, low-income elementary schools, and other non-profits that provide emergency assistance and education in Oregon. Volunteers came from all over Portland to put these together—Girl Scout troops, church organizations, three CPA firms, students and teachers, and groups of friends who wanted to spend their girls’ nights out doing something good for the community. They all showed up to my little garage.
In 2019, we’ll be donating more than 1,000 kits and hosting volunteers from Nike and other companies.
Stronger Bonds, Higher Self-Esteem
As a mom, I know arts and crafts not only create lasting memories and strengthen bonds between parents and children, but also enable healthy self-expression and boost self-esteem.
With my insights, I’ve now created dozens of hand-made craft kits inspired by activities and traditions my kids enjoy. They include all the materials you need for a variety of themed crafts, simple decorations, educational games, recipes, and more.
I hope you have as much fun with them as I do with my kids.