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Q4 2020: Supporting First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary

100% of net proceeds from our Etsy Shop will benefit a different 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue or sanctuary each quarter. From October through December 2020, shop sales will support First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary in Riverview, Florida.

You can donate directly to the FLFAS by Paypal (firstladiesfarm at gmail.com) or Venmo at firstladiesfarm. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the farm animal antics! Here are some of the beautiful residents, saved from abandonment, cruelty, and neglect, and healed from the brink of death.

I first started following First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary after reading about a rescue rooster they nursed back from the brink of death after humans burned him. It was a powerful and drama-filled recovery. Happily, Fuego is now happy and healthy, and has a lovely flock of hens to call his own at the FLFAS. In addition to roosters, they have lots of cats, hens, ducks, and peacocks.

FLFAS needs funds to feed and house this big brood, as well as pay for the biggest expense, vet bills. Our fundraising supported building a new barn for the animals. Your purchase at our shop supported this initiative, and helped make sure they can say “yes, we’ll take them” to more animals and get them the care they need.

Follow the Ladies’ adventures, and fall in love with the sanctuary residents, as I have.
Facebook: https://bit.ly/2ludAk1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstladiesfarm/

From October-December 2020, when you purchased from my Etsy store at least $1 from every single item sold will go to support First Ladies Farm. I send funds to the beneficiary nonprofit before the end of the year.

Thank you for supporting the Sanka Family Farm store!

Q2 2020: Supporting Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary

100% of net proceeds from my Etsy Shop benefits a different 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue/ sanctuary each quarter. From April through June 2020, Sanka Family Farm Etsy Shop sales supported Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

Photo Courtesy of Hope Haven Farm

Back in 2008, Dr. Karen Phillips was feeling upset by the number of unwanted ducks, pigs, and roosters being surrendered at the animal shelter where she worked as a veterinary surgeon.

“Most of these farm animals could not be properly housed in the stainless steel cat cages or long dog runs, so I had been taking many of them home to care for myself,” Karen says. Feeling she had to do something to help these special farm animals, her eyes opened to her life’s purpose.

“I decided I would start a farm animal sanctuary and raise public awareness to the plight of thousands of voiceless animals,” she says. And so, Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary was born! In June 2011, she purchased an overgrown and neglected 6-acre property near Pittsburgh, PA to house the farm. “It was a diamond-in-the-rough; its potential made my heart sing!” she says. Soon after, Hope Haven became became a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Karen pours her heart and soul into running Hope Haven and caring for animals who need a home. Just take a look at Hope Haven’s Facebook and Instagram posts to see her dedication and love for these animals in action. But running a farm sanctuary is expensive. Animals need shelter, bedding, medication, and food, which costs thousands of dollars each month.

And that’s where we – you and I – come in to help.

From April 2-June 30, 2020, when you purchase handmade soaps, lip balms, skin salves, room sprays, lotion bars, reusable grocery bags crafted from chicken feed sacks, and more from my Etsy store, $1-$5 from every single item sold went to support Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary. I donate 100% of net profits to charity, sending the beneficiary organization funds on a monthly basis, and reporting the amount raised on the Sanka Family Farm Facebook page. You can read more about how and why I started doing this here

To keep up-to-date on all the happenings and beautiful animals at Hope Haven, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Here are some of the beautiful residents of Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary.

Here are more ways to help Hope Haven Farm:

You can donate directly to Hope Haven Farm on their website. Check out their options to sponsor a specific farm animal resident, too!

Or, send a gift to them off Hope Haven’s Amazon Wish List.

Thank you for your support!

Q1 2020: Supporting Funky Chicken Rescue

100% of net proceeds from my Etsy Shop will benefit a different 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue/ sanctuary each quarter. From January through March 2020, Sanka Family Farm Etsy Shop sales supported Funky Chicken Rescue in Vacaville, California.

Photo Courtesy of Funky Chicken Rescue

Funky Chicken Rescue is an all-animal rescue in Vacaville, CA, with over 150 rescued chickens, plus rescued dogs, cats, alpacas, and horses. Darcy Smith and her family have been running the rescue and sanctuary on their property since 2017, taking in animals from the SPCA, shelters, other rescues, feedlots, and individuals looking to rehome their animals. They have helped many victims of the California Wildfires, giving animals affected and burned by the fires temporary and permanent homes. They specialize in chickens with disabilities: blind chickens, cross-beak chickens, and even chickens in wheelchairs. All the animals Darcy and her team rescue live our their lives happily on the Funky Chicken Rescue ranch.

Named for a special rescue chicken, Funky, who has since passed away from cancer, Funky Chicken Rescue is also involved in the local community. They give eggs to a local food pantry, take chickens to memory care facilities for “chicken therapy” and cuddles with residents, and have school groups visit the ranch to see, touch, and learn about these wonderful, cherished animals.

“People have no idea how sweet chickens are because they don’t have experience with them. Just like how you love your dog or cat, you love a chicken in the same way,” Darcy says. “Chickens are sweet, loving and have their own personalities. They’re a forgotten animal that a lot of people just throw away if they’re not laying.”

As you can imagine, feeding and caring for so many special animals is expensive. In September 2018, Darcy formed a 501(c)(3) for Funky Chicken Rescue, to ensure that all money raised goes directly to the animals.

And that’s where we – you and I – came in to help.

From January – March 2020, when you purchased handmade soaps, lip balms, skin salves, reusable grocery bags crafted from chicken feed sacks, and more from my Etsy store or from us at in-person markets, at least $1 from every single item sold went to support Funky Chicken. I donate 100% of net profits to charity, sending the beneficiary organization funds on a monthly basis, and reporting the amount raised on the Sanka Family Farm Facebook page. You can read more about how and why I started doing this here

Over the 3 months, together we raised $486 for Funky Chicken Rescue! We raised $136 through Etsy sales, and I also did a Facebook birthday fundraiser for them, raising $350, thanks to my generous friends and family.

To keep up-to-date on all the animal antics at Funky Chicken Rescue, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Here are some of the beautiful residents of Funky Chicken Rescue.

Thank you for your support! Here are more ways to help Funky Chicken Rescue:

You can donate directly to Funky Chicken Rescue on their website. Check out their options to sponsor a specific ranch resident, too!

Or, send a gift to them off Funky Chicken Rescue’s Amazon Wish List.

Sources: Funkychickenrescue.com, The Daily Democrat, Vacaville Magazine, Daily Republic, ABC10

Q4 2019: Supporting First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary

100% of net proceeds from our Etsy Shop will benefit a different 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue or sanctuary each quarter. From October through December 2019, shop sales supported First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary in Riverview, Florida.

You can donate directly to the FLFAS by Paypal (firstladiesfarm at gmail.com) or Venmo at firstladiesfarm. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the farm animal antics! Here are some of the beautiful residents, saved from abandonment, cruelty, and neglect, and healed from the brink of death.

I first started following First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary after reading about a rescue rooster they nursed back from the brink of death after humans burned him. It was a powerful and drama-filled recovery. Happily, Fuego is now happy and healthy, and has a lovely flock of hens to call his own at the FLFAS. In addition to roosters, they have cats (the star is Tiny Ernest), hens, ducks, and peacocks (we love Peabody!) The place is teeming with personality and there’s a new story every day.

FLFAS needs funds to feed and house this big brood, as well as pay for the biggest expense, vet bills. Our fundraising supported building a new barn for the animals. Your purchase at our shop supported this initiative, and helped make sure they can say “yes, we’ll take them” to more animals and get them the care they need.

Follow the Ladies’ adventures, and fall in love with the sanctuary residents, as I have.
Facebook: https://bit.ly/2ludAk1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstladiesfarm/

From October-December 2019, when you purchased from my Etsy store or from our in-person markets, at least $1 from every single item sold went to support First Ladies Farm. I sent funds to the beneficiary nonprofit monthly.

Over the 3 months, together we raised $542 for First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary! Thank you for your generous support of my Etsy store and in-person sales at 2 holiday markets.

So why did I decide to give all my profits away, like I’m Paul Newman or something? I have a regular job in an office, and crafting is my hobby. Years ago, before Etsy existed, I made a business of a hobby (online yarn and craft store), and after nearly 7 years, it became more work and less fun. Instead of making this another job and worrying about profits and building the business, I strive to use my craft powers to create beautiful, functional, good quality products for a fair price, and to financially support organizations I care about. The prices I charge cover my costs, and the extra goes to the beneficiary organization.

I love making things, people enjoy the things I make, and adorable animals get the medical care and shelter they need. It’s a win for all!

Thank you for supporting the Sanka Family Farm store!