LOVE BOXES

 

A gift from creatives and supporters of Creative Recovery Network to community, to show connection and a reminder that they are not alone……

These boxes are developed by Creatives for people impacted by disaster to support recovery.

Love Boxes are a gift of creativity and beauty, full of artwork and materials to support connection to creativity, contemplation, participation and connection. If you are interested to support the development of these boxes we would welcome your contribution.Though not immediate survival these boxes support the vital needs of our creative energy and resilience. 

If you would like to be part of this project or wish to let us know that a community member in need of a Love Box please contact us at loveboxes@creativerecovery.net.au

We are looking for stimulus for sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, such things as:

  • something beautiful
  • a small creative work
  • Something handmade
  • small token of value
  • small creative offer
  • a message…. words or images
  • nice tea
  • favourite music
  • suggestions of creative activities
  • something to offer comfort
  • a small painting
  • art materials
  • seeds
  • something that smells good
  • stamps and envelopes
  • playing cards, ribbons, small woven basket, bells etc

Creative Recovery Network has the boxes ready to fill with your creative offerings! We package boxes for all ages so think of who you might create for.

Box dimension: 21cm long, 16 cm wide, 6.5 cm high – this means our objects need to be small or flexible to fit

Process:

  1. Please contact us for your local state/territory post/drop off distribution point or post to PO Box 101 Annerley Q 4103. Send with a message to your new friend/s telling them about your gift.
  2. These will be packaged, photographed and distributed to local community organisations to present to local community members that have been impacted through disaster.
  3. If you would prefer to donate to support transport postage please send via our donation account:

Creative Recovery Network – Bank Australia BSB 313 140 Account No.12127383

This account is not tax deductible, please notify us of your contribution via email and we will send you a receipt – loveboxes@creativerecovery.net.au.

 

Recipients response to receiving a Love Box:

I arrived home on New Years Eve with a heavy heart. Exhausted and overwhelmed after attending the funeral of a loved one I needed time and privacy to fall in a heap and continue the grief.

I opened my mail and there was this beautifully creative box filled with gifts of beauty and softness that expressed care and love. I burst into tears, and there were such feelings of gratitude.

Nurtured within the scent of potpourri and angel feathers a ‘taking time out kit’ emerged: a repurposed vintage cup & saucer tea set for two with bespoke teas and more. It was an acknowledgment that people understood what I was going through, and an assurance that I would get through it.

As I sat quietly drinking my tea I reflected on my experience during the Cyclone Yasi disaster in Far North Queensland and the assistance from people and the creative arts projects and conversations, healing and community building through workshops including the Making Time – Artist’s Self Care workshop I was a part of with Contact Inc which evolved into Creative Recovery Network.

People everywhere are touched by disasters in some way and as a recipient of The Love Box, it reinstalled for me the importance of how the Creative Recovery Network advocates for individuals and communities, assisting in leadership with their preparedness and response during natural disasters.

The Love Box experience is the collective compassionate feelings of Creative Recovery Network to facilitate assistance for people to get on with living their lives with the recovery and the resilience process.

I look forward to creating more Creative Recovery Network Love Boxes to be sent out, knowing the joy of receiving one.

Fiona Croft

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