Top 5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Maryann’s Gifts…Where Every Gift Tells a Story

The Holiday season is in full swing and by now most of us are making a list and checking it twice. Trying to find that perfect, unique gift for everyone can take some time and often feels challenging. While we recently published our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, showing how to support and shop local on…

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Delong Designs- Creating with a Cause, Raising Funds, Spirits & Awareness for Kidney Disease

When Kacy Delong was studying metalworking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design she most likely wasn’t thinking then that her skills and artistic abilities would be contributing to a cause that has had such a profound impact on her life. After watching her husband struggle with complications from kidney disease for many years, his kidneys began to fail and Kacy’s best friend …now lovingly called “Donor Dave” …donated one of his kidneys, and essentially changed their lives.  Shortly after, Delong Designs was born, a company committed to creating with a cause, raising funds, spirits and awareness for kidney disease and organ donation.

At Delong Designs they strive to live creatively and work responsibly. When you purchase from them you not only acquire a lovingly crafted piece, you also contribute to a social purpose initiative. They are partnered with the Kidney Foundation of Canada with ornament sales helping them in two ways. They are raising funds for the Foundation, and are also raising awareness regarding organ donation, a cause very near to their hearts.

2017 brings several new additions to their Pewter Ornament collection, including the Kidney Heart. This ornament, also Delong Designs logo, represents Kacy’s vision for raising funds and awareness surrounding organ donation. It’s a symbol of kidney donors and of the void they fill in the lives of recipients.

Straight from the Balsam Fir Christmas Tree capital of the world, and inspiration from their own Christmas Tree Farm, comes the Celtic Christmas Tree ornament! “The Celtic Christmas tree references the classic Celtic Tree of Life, the symbol of balance and harmony. The interwoven boughs and roots represent a never-ending cycle of life.”

Also new this year is a collection 3 different wreaths, including the Starfish Wreath...”the interwoven stars of this jolly wreath conjure up both holiday spirit and the Atlantic flavour of beach-combing in summer. The spirit of the season captured in a happy little collection of dancing starfish”

You can check out the complete collection of Delong Designs on their website and can watch Kacy and I chat all about her new line, her commitment to supporting the Kidney Foundation, and share some exciting news(!)…in our Facebook Live we did a few weeks ago. 🙂

You can find Delong Designs Metalworking at various seasonal markets, and you can connect with them on their Facebook page or website. Ornaments can be picked up, delivered or mailed.

We are excited to have Delong Designs as a part of the Simple Local Life 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Stay tuned for the release of this years Gift Guide coming later this week!

*This post has been sponsored by Delong Designs but all opinions are my own.