I love The Company Store. Not only do they consistently offer up drool-worthy products in their catalog and website (including an awesome kids’ line), they announced yesterday that they were partnering with Operation Homefront to sponsor a kids’ design contest!
Your kids, 12 and under, can design a comforter (hand drawn or painted), and enter it into the contest by June 22nd, and the top three will win!
From their Facebook page:
Hundreds of thousands of military families feel the effects of war: Post-Traumatic Stress; Traumatic Brain Injury; bodily injuries and death; and financial and emotional struggles. The Kids’ Design Contest is a way for your child’s creativity to brighten the spirits of military families facing difficult financial times by designing a comforter pattern. With the help of Operation Homefront, the top three designs will be made into thousands of comforters to be donated to the families of our servicemen and women around the nation. The three designs with the most votes on Facebook will also win a Company Kids gift card as a token of our appreciation. Enter the designs by June 22nd, 2012 and encourage your friends and family to vote! Winners will be announced on July 4th, 2012.
So far, there are a handful of entries, but I really like these two because they seemed to have thought specifically about pattern and the meaning behind the contest:
For some mysterious reason, my daughter has refused to design a comforter for this contest, but if she were into it, I think I’d do a little online research with her to check out some comforter designs, and have her tell me which ones she was drawn to. Then we’d have a chat about what it means for families when moms and/or dads are away from home, fighting for our country, and vulnerable to dangerous situations. (We covered this part yesterday for Memorial Day.)
I would ask her to think about what images might be (literally) comforting to these families to snuggle up under at night when they go to sleep.