SPOONS FOR SPOONIES
Spoon Carvers and Chronic Illness Advocates Spreading Awareness One Spoon at a Time
Spoons for Spoonies is an international community of spoon carvers and wellness advocates who want to make a difference in individual lives by raising awareness, sharing our talents and providing encouragement.
"Spoonie" is a term for those who battle chronic illness/disability. It was coined from an article called "The Spoon Theory" written by Christine Miserandino. In her article she recounts describing what it is like to live with a chronic illness using a handful of spoons. She explains how each daily activity has to be budgeted and that once all of someone's spoons are spent they have no choice but to rest until they are replenished.
We seek to rally spoon carvers from around the world to continue this movement. To share their talents, carve spoons and write encouraging notes for Spoonies all over. Our hope is that by doing this we can bring some hope and support to the hard days, make someone smile and provide a memento that speaks to the concept of "living life with an extra spoon in your pocket."
Scroll down to learn how to sponsor a spoonie or click to Get Involved in other ways.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO QUALIFIES AS A "SPOONIE"?
Anyone who struggles with a chronic physical or mental illness, disability or autoimmune disorder fits the bill as a Spoonie and qualifies to receive a donation.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
A donated spoon from Spoons for Spoonies comes at no cost to the receiver. The sponsor will only be required cover a nominal cost for shipping.
DO YOU SEND SPOONS INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes. Chronic disorders don't discriminate against borders so neither do we. Everyone deserves to know that they are supported in their fight.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT ONLY THOSE WHO QUALIFY RECEIVE THE SPOONS?
Unfortunately, we are not able to track whether a person nominated actually qualifies. We encourage all those who get involved to practice integrity and recognize that many gave of their time and talents trusting that their spoons will reach the right people.
HOW DO I DONATE A HAND-CARVED SPOON TO SPOONS FOR SPOONIES?
Step 1 - Carve a spoon (eating or pocket sized) Decorate or leave natural as you see fit.
Step 2 - Write a personal note to accompany the spoon. Include words of encouragement and express your support.
Step 3 - Send your donated spoon and note to either myself, Evan, @evan_hebenstreit (US) or Sean, @stir_woodcraft (UK) to be consolidated before we distribute them. **Can be messaged on IG for addresses.
Step 4 - Once consolidated, the items will be prepped, packaged and ready to distribute.
Step 5 - Recruit your spoon carving buddies to the cause and SHARE your experience with us on Facebook and Instagram using #SpoonsforSpoonies.
WHAT ARE DONATED FUNDS USED FOR?
Any and all funds collected in support of Spoons for Spoonies will go directly towards packaging supplies and help with shipping costs.
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