Xander Bunny Community Partners - In Your County Too?

Xander Bunny Community Partners - In Your County Too? | Lavender Life Company

Thanks for your interest in rescuing kids and to restoring families!  We are so humbled to have come up with an idea that brings such therapy to kids in trauma, that encourages those on the front lines of the rescue, and that brings awareness and mobilizes communities.  
Background:
We at Lavender Life Company, are passionate about rescuing kids at risk. By producing & selling multiple, excellent lavender products for all ages (including culinary, apothecary, & skin care), God has lead us to create an engine to mobilize others in the mission to give a warmable, lavender-filled Xander Friend (Bunny & Dog) to all 440,000+ children in foster care, and to encourage those on the front lines rescuing kids. We do this through our BUY-a-Xander Friend-We-Give-a-Xander Program, named after grandson Xander, who entered the family as a 2-yr-old child in foster care. Lavender helps lessen anxiety, improves sleep and provides calming therapy for children in foster care going through traumatic transitions. Xander helped stuff the first bunnies we sold and was so helped by his bunny, that we decided right away to donate one to a child in foster care for each one we sold. We hire young adults who have aged out of the foster care system when we can. Since our online store opened in April of 2018,  Lavender Life Company has donated over 64,000 Xander Friends to more than 53 Xander Community Partners in 247 counties in 27 states, and 4 different countries. In 2022 we anticipate providing another 34,000 Xanders for some of the most vulnerable children, reminding them that they are loved and not alone.

 

Community Partners:

Since January 1,2020, we have been propelling our donations through Xander Community Partnerships, many of which are church/faith/based, that are committed to "adopt" their county in the Xander Friend Project. We are looking to develop more Partners everywhere.  A Xander Bunny Community Partner is committing to

1. Connecting with ALL foster and/or kinship care agencies in their county(We recognize that not all agencies, though it is rare, will be willing to accept Xander Friends);
2. Ascertain the #'s of children entering the foster and/or kinship care system each month, and #'s served annually;
3. Receive Xanderkits for the entire year for children in foster and/or kinship care only, for those agencies that want Xander Friends. Quantities 300+ will be shipped on pallets (up to 600 Xanders/pallet- up to 650 lbs).
4. Put the kits together (stuff lavender pouch in bunny; and place in the backpack)  - approximately 2 minutes/Xander;
5. Deliver to all agencies that want them, as they need them; &
6. Freight shipments ($.70-2.25/ea Xander, depending on volume and distance shipped) is a cost picked up by a community partner, and often sponsors pick up this cost(this is if a donation trip is not planned in your area. Shipments may also be picked up on the farm in west Michigan). We can get you a freight quote - email Vic@lavender-life.com.
6. Spread the word -  it benefits us all to help spread the word of the Xander Bunny Project, for we are able to donate one for each sold.
 
Perhaps sponsors/donors could get involved, in a big way. Though we feel as much compassion for kids at risk in hospitals, homeless shelters, temporary storm shelters etc, as we do for kids in foster care, we are a small company and have to keep our mission focused to reaching the over 440k kids in foster care.  We, however could envision someone buying bunnies for all of the kids in a cancer ward, and a match would go to a child in foster care as an example. This is not a requirement for a Community Partner, however.
As Leigh Ann Luttrell of Christ's Church, Jacksonville, Florida reports, "These bunnies are so much more than a philanthropic gesture - they are bringing hope, peace and collaboration to an entire system that is broken and in despair."
  
Are you aware of a church or group that could be a Xander Friend Community Partner that we could donate regularly to in the future? Do you have any ideas as how to spread the word, to increase sales in your area, so we can secure donations?  Send me any questions or ideas that you may have.

Thank you again, for your role and interest in the rescue of the many Xanders out there! If you are interested in taking on your county, complete this Xander Community Partner Questionnaire and send to Victor@lavender-life.com to get you started .  Together, we can bring awareness of a great need in our communities, and together we CAN get a Xander Friend in the hands of all 440,000+ children in foster care, reminding them they ARE loved and NOT alone. 

Vic Bennett
Victor@lavender-life.com
616-481-3349 (cell)

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