The Paper Chronicles will be on hiatus next week as Lissa & I get some much-needed R&R. We’ll be back the first week of December, but in the meantime something came across my desk that I wanted to share.

I am on the board of Gift For Life as I have mentioned; we are a small but very dedicated group of gift industry professionals who have raised over $5 million for AIDS research and education since 1992. On Thursday I received an email from our Chair, Stu Teller, that I’ve copied in part here:

“Last year, Gift for Life joined forces with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) to prepare holiday gift bags for the adult residents of Bailey House, a tradition that DIFFA has upheld for many years now. Bailey House provides housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and this tradition is our way to give residents a little cheer around the holidays.  They live in one-room dormitory-style apartments so space is limited, and we want these to be both fun and functional. We are preparing 100 gift bags this year and are looking for items such as:

· Personal care (lotions, soaps, etc.)

· Books & paper products (journals, note cards, books, etc.)

· Small, practical household items (candles (self contained), picture frames, etc.)

· Prepared or easy to prepare food or drink and accessories (tea, coffee, cookies, mugs, water bottles, etc.)

· Small personal accessories (hats, scarves, etc.)

· Bags for packaging everything!

If any Gift for Life board members would like to contribute or have clients who wish to participate, please let me know.”

I would love to share some good news with Stu from my readers when I return, though I’ve got to let him know early that first week in December. This is truly a wonderful cause, and I am hoping my readers may have some notebooks or writing papers they might be able to share (though of course we are seeking everything on the list). If you are interested in donating, please drop me a line at & we can go from there. This is an easy way to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter, so I really appreciate your consideration.

Meanwhile, The Paper Chronicles will be back the first week of December. Have a great Thanksgiving & Thanksgivukkah everyone!

Images courtesy of Cavallini & Co. 


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