- The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economic well-being, health.
- The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved.
- The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow.
- And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution”
-- Stephen R. Covey
What struck us as critical about the quote by Stephen R. Covey, is the fundamental need for human beings to have food, clothing, shelter and community. All the other needs build on these basics necessities.
Our primary mission at Falling Leaf is to create beautiful designs and products for people to share with their loved ones. Our hope is these designs will encourage, inspire, deepen relationships and build community.
In addition, Falling Leaf is committed to doing our part to help those who are lacking the basic needs mentioned above – who are suffering from homelessness.
“The church community we were married in was very involved in serving the homeless", says Melanie Connellee. "Lee regularly volunteered at the local shelter to make meals and I served in a group that met weekly to provide food from a pantry, clothing, and bus tokens for transportation for those in need. Our hearts broke for these people who were living on the street – separated from family and friends.”
Since then, Melanie and Lee have been fortunate to serve with many outstanding organizations that are on the front lines every day helping to empower the homeless and walk beside them on a path to self-sufficiency.
While the issues surrounding homelessness can be complex, our desire to help is simple. Ten percent of all Falling Leaf Card Co. profits are donated to non-profits who are on the front lines delivering food, clothing, shelter and counseling services to those in need.
While donating to these organizations is important, another way we have found to give is by sharing our talents.
Lee recently designed Thank-you cards for Charlotte Family Housing, a non-profit that manages a “shelter to housing” program for homeless families. This program provides families coming out of shelters transitional housing, permanent housing and counseling services. They walk beside these families and empower them back to self-sufficiency.
Lee was honored to design thank-you cards for them to recognize their donors and others who support their organization. When designing the card, he wondered what image would best reflect the spirit and mission of the organization. He was drawn to the “Elizabeth House” – one of their facilities that mothers and children stay in during their transition from the shelter to a permanent housing solution. This is a beautiful home in a lovely neighborhood that acts as a peaceful and safe foundation on the first major step of the family’s journey to “deep, measurable and lasting change.” Lee felt this would be the perfect “iconic” image for the thank-you cards.
From there, he took pictures and drew a sketch of the house using black ink, followed by the eye-popping and welcoming red door.
Charlotte Family Housing staff were thrilled with the results. They used his image for Christmas cards, specific “Donor Gift” cards as well as the Thank-you cards.
It is important to send thank-you cards – whether in a personal relationship, a business relationship or a volunteer relationship.
Taking the time to say “thank you” touches not just the receiver but the sender. We all change for the better when we acknowledge one another in the context of how we support and give in our relationships and communities.
We at Falling Leaf want to say thank you to all the dedicated non-profits who are working hard to battle homelessness and to all of you, our customers, who help us support them through your patronage.
We are thankful for all of you.