October 5th, 2015 –
What started as a relaxing hobby for a few Winona-area women has now turned into a major fundraising cause for Winona Volunteer Services.
When a flood hit Stockton and Minnesota City in 2007, a group of women from the Fun Is Rubber Stamping Together (FIRST) club decided to help those who were in need and visiting the food shelf, especially those visiting for the first time.
Nearly $17,000 later, Cards for a Cause by FIRST, the Live Well Winona and Daily News Volunteer of the Month for October, is still on a mission to “stamp” out hunger in Winona.
FIRST meets to learn new techniques for cardmaking and stamping on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on the first level of Godfather’s Pizza. The $2 cards are then sold at local businesses, including Blooming Grounds, Yarnology, The Vault, Salon Willow, Baby Bean and Bluff View Quilt Shop. Merchants Bank sells the cards to their employees, and the club also sells cards upon request.