An update on where we are and what we’ve done.
Alright, so if you’ve kept up with any of my social media posts you know we have been doing some crazy things. We’ve managed to raise about $15,000 in total to give back to our community by the means of giving gift cards to local restaurants to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 disaster. You can read all about that here.
The purpose of this blog is give an update as to where things sit today!!
As for the donations, we’ve delivered gift cards to all the Seaford & Milford school district lunch ladies this morning! We’re delivering Woodbridge and Laurel later today. Cape Henlopen is coming soon. Surf Bagel, who we’re planning on buying the cards from, has been closed until today so I plan to cruise over there this week and try to procure those. One thing I didn’t anticipate is the logistical concerns of acquiring 100 gift cards! It’s not as easy as you’d think. Some places didn’t even have that many gift cards in the store and they had to be ordered.
We did hit a hiccup with the Indian River School district. They actually aren’t allowed to take take donations to the employees which is a total bummer. That being said, we are planning to donate to Bethany Beach Books who is delivering books to kids at local schools and another organization to be determined yet, but it’s very important to us to take care of the Indian River area in some capacity. We’ll let you know the final amounts given when the dust settles!
NOW – As for the actual progress of the orders. We had a good first week! As I mentioned to everyone, gathering of materials in this volatile time is the biggest obstacle. I have pretty much all the paper for the prints now which is good news. I have a good supply of Ink, surely not all of it, but a good start. The mats have been ordered, but with such a large order, it’s taking a little while to get as the company was short staffed to begin with. We had enough wood in the rack for 18 frames, so 18 frames have been built and distressed. About 1/3rd of the way there. The glass was ordered, and it has about a 3 week lead time on it, so that sort of puts me right on target with my 4-6 week lead time for the completion of them all.
As for the 11×14 matted prints, as soon as the mats come in, the work will begin in earnest on those. So as soon as the mats are in my hand, I will reach out to those who purchased them with a final completion date and delivery options.
A final word on logistics – Soooo many people have reached out offering to pick up their prints which is freeing up a lot of money to do great things with! I will be sending out a follow up email to everyone with pickup dates once they are available and confirming shipping addresses to those of you that live a good distance away.
A final note. I have opened up ordering of the print again. They won’t be these custom made and printed ones, but rather fulfilled through my printer. Regardless, 100% of the profits of this photo will go to good causes. Those causes will evolve over time and I’ll update everyone where that money went to as we go! Feel free to suggest good causes. My goal is to support those who need support through the means of supporting dreamers and small businesses.
Here are some pictures of the progress I’ve made so far! HUUUUGGGE THANK YOU to my biggest supporters being my wife, Jen & my Dad. Without both of them, neither of this is possible. Jens organizational skills and time tracking down the appropriate parties to give the gifts to has been crucial, and where do you start with Dad? He’s taught me how to work with my hands, how put love and care into a project, and how to do something the right way. His knowledge of building things couldn’t be distilled down into 100 books. He has work in The Smithsonian, The Willard Hotel in DC, University of Maryland, an entire City block of windows in DC, countless residential projects in homes you can’t even fathom, and countless historical rehab projects through the Delmarva Peninsula, Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C. and beyond. He got me going and helped set up the machines, would me up, and set me loose. You can see more of his work here. (Note, you can see his last post is 2 years ago, he’s one of those guys that was here long before social media and his work will echo for long after it’s gone. Now you understand my life goals).