Elise Hamel, Whittier, California, USA

On April 23, 2016 about 15-20 women (including mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters) from La Leche League of Whittier (California, USA) gathered together at a teething/nursing necklace fundraiser event. Group mother and social coordinator Melinda Holt and Group Leader Elise Hamel planned and coordinated the event that included a nursing or teething necklace “bead bar,” and snacks and refreshments donated by a local organic grocery store and a local coffeehouse chain. Mothers brought yummy treats, too. We had lots of community fun as women sat and talked as they crafted! The event was held on a Saturday so that working mothers who aren’t able to attend our weekday meetings were able to join us.

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Women made necklaces for themselves as well as some to give as gifts for a suggested donation of $15-20 per necklace. After the event, we sold a few more necklaces at our Series Meetings and at a few of our other community events. We raised over $150.  It was so successful that we hope to hold regular craft fundraiser days in the future, offering a different craft each time. If you are interested in holding a similar event for your Group and would like any further information, contact Elise at elise.r.hamel@gmail.com.


Elise Hamel is a LLL Leader in Whittier, California USA. She is currently tandem nursing her two-year-old and four-year-old sons. Elise loves helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals, being a mother, planning events and entertaining.
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