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Old 08-15-2018, 10:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I didn't read the above, but I will donate $25 - just tell me where to send. I also have about 50 of the stock Parker style refills, you are welcome to all of them.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I didn't read the above, but I will donate $25 - just tell me where to send. I also have about 50 of the stock Parker style refills, you are welcome to all of them.
PM sent, Thank you!
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:13 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Mark, Sharon, and others,

I think what you are doing is absolutely great. I think many here contribute to charitable organizations far more than is known. I recently discovered a method of contribution that is not much but it can help when enough people use it: AmazonSmile.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/abo...2Aentries%2A=0

I signed up for this a few months ago and set it up to contribute to a local charity. IF some people here are not aware of it, and if enough sign up for it and list the organization/programs that Sharon works, it could help considerably.

I live in a small town about 30 miles from a metro area and don't have time to drive and find the things I need regularly, so I do use Amazon two or three times a month for various needs. My usage probably donates only $1 to $2 a month to my favorite charity - an orphanage.

I do not know if these programs for the blind are on the Smile list of supported organizations or not, but I was surprised to find the orphanage that I contribute to - on the list.

Not sure how this will work, but did want to let you know that there are other possibilities for helping also. Every little bit helps.
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Mark, Sharon, and others,

I think what you are doing is absolutely great. I think many here contribute to charitable organizations far more than is known. I recently discovered a method of contribution that is not much but it can help when enough people use it: AmazonSmile.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/abo...2Aentries%2A=0

I signed up for this a few months ago and set it up to contribute to a local charity. IF some people here are not aware of it, and if enough sign up for it and list the organization/programs that Sharon works, it could help considerably.

I live in a small town about 30 miles from a metro area and don't have time to drive and find the things I need regularly, so I do use Amazon two or three times a month for various needs. My usage probably donates only $1 to $2 a month to my favorite charity - an orphanage.

I do not know if these programs for the blind are on the Smile list of supported organizations or not, but I was surprised to find the orphanage that I contribute to - on the list.

Not sure how this will work, but did want to let you know that there are other possibilities for helping also. Every little bit helps.
I've been using Amazon Smile for a long time. I use Amazon a lot, so it is a painless way to contribute to a favorite charity.
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Mark, the other thing we really need is slimline bushings. We use them for both slimline pens and keychains. Also, Gatsby/Sierra/Wall Street bushings. The only way our turners know they are at the bushings is often by hearing the sound of the tool on metal. As a result, the bushings rapidly get turned down so they are too small.
Gotcha! Orders for 100 bushing sets were already done yesterday, with 500 kits! IAP Has got your back! Probably 1-2 weeks from yesterday.

We are up to 10 additional volunteers as of tonight to assist with blank prep. Sooooo nice to throw out an opportunity for assistance, and get a wonderful response!

IAP is a community. And we assist our neighbors.
That's GREAT Mark. We go through those bushings at an amazing rate here! The result is pens that are overturned and too small for the kits. And believe me, those blind turners notice. They have amazingly sensitive fingers.
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A HUGE Thank You to the 10 volunteers who have pledged support. Through everyone helping a bit, a LOT of progress has been made.

The first shipment of 500 kits and 100 bushings arrived, has been sorted, and the first 90 kits are being sent out for blank prep. More will get packaged this weekend.

And the Tampa Program has received a new lathe - their older one will possibly be sent to a new program for younger students in a local school for the blind to start a program there.

Kudos to:

Malcolm Zander - AAW contact who first facilitated Andi's involvement
Andi Sullivan - Who took a concept, had a dream and made it a reality for others benefit.
Sharon Wertz - Who first showed IAP how we can assist.

And for the recent involvement that I have been assisting with:

Jet Lathe
PSI Industries
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Stonepecker
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Anyone else care to join the fun - let me know!
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Just an update:

The initial 90 kits (i.e., tubes and blanks) were mailed out for blank prep on Saturday. 120 more are all boxed and will be mailed tomorrow AM. So there are 210 kits in-process with IAP Volunteers.

I have 290 more ava for blank prep. (I am also hosting a "Blank Prep Party" in November which will clear the shelves of whatever is not done).

IAP has been awesome in it's response. Many thanks!
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I have an Idea I would like to contribute to this .....

If it could be possible to get a low powered laser cutter/engraver to them .... and set it up to where it could cut a flat on one side of the finished pens and keychains, leaving behind the appropriate series of bumps that would spell out their name in braille ....
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I have an Idea I would like to contribute to this .....

If it could be possible to get a low powered laser cutter/engraver to them .... and set it up to where it could cut a flat on one side of the finished pens and keychains, leaving behind the appropriate series of bumps that would spell out their name in braille ....
Keep thinking Greg! I'll send a PM tomorrow and we can chat and ponder the possibilities! I have no experience with engraving, but appreciate it's possibilities. This is an open-ended assist-project... yes, we can be creative!

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Old 08-23-2018, 08:30 AM   #20 (permalink)
 
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Default First set of materials are on their way.

Just an update. The first 40 sets of prepped blanks are on their way to programs in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Portland.

There are an additional 210 sets currently being prepped (blanks cut, drilled, tubed and milled) by six IAP members.

Thanks to all for your support. If anyone wants to assist, just send me a PM.

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