Sunday, February 21, 2010

Soap for Hope fundraiser for CVS and MDA

Fish, Frogs, and Shamrocks, Oh My!

It’s not every day you go to work and handle 800 fish, frogs, and shamrocks! Teona, Keltcey, Tracey, and I spent the week laughing our heads off, mixing glycerin soaps for Soap for Hope, and laughing as those little fish stared at us (forever frozen in soap…).

Work days like these don’t feel like work at all. No doubt we got soap in our hair, all over the floor, and in our mouths (YUK!). Even though most of my employees aren't disadvantaged girls in the mentor program, each woman is special and pours an extra ounce of love in each bar of soap she makes. We ended our days smelling fabulous (like our zen green tea) and feeling joyful knowing we were doing something bigger than ourselves.

You see, these soaps weren’t the usual. The 800 bars were for Soap for Hope’s fundraising partnership with 22 Tennessee CVS/pharmacy stores in the Cleveland, Chattanooga, and Monteagle areas. CVS raises money each year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (check them out: It’s a great cause—and what’s better is that Good Fortune will donate $1 of our profit to Soap for Hope while the remaining funds go toward production costs to pay our wonderful employees. Anything leftover will be used for start-up costs for this summer.

Making soaps for CVS (and MDA) strengthened our bond and gave us even more faith that God has a plan for us all (even the simple soap makers in Tennessee).