Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Update on Mortgage Pig Wear for Charity

by Calculated Risk on 12/09/2008 04:59:00 PM

From Tanta's sister Cathy:

The first MP orders were filled and shipped today. Demand has been very high and we've raised over $2,000 for charity so far. These items are produced as they are ordered and we do apologize about the size and color confusion. The best method is to enter this information in the PayPal message box when completing the order.

We will accept check orders outside of Ebay but that will slow things down. Please EMAIL: rwstick AT yahoo DOT com (Dick) with the item, size and color and we will return the cost with shipping. Once the check is received with shipping instructions we will process the order.

Some have asked or complained about Ebay - it is not perfect and they and PayPal do take part of the proceeds that we'd rather see going to a charity. But given our time constraints and the fact we're not actually in this business this was our best method.

To clarify: Image Mark-it is the production end of this project.

Originally this project was supposed to be as much a "Fun-raiser" as it was a "Fund-raiser". We hope that has been the case. We kept prices low so that everyone could participate. We encourage you to donate directly to these or any other worthy causes if you prefer.

Lastly, there will be ball caps and coffee cups coming very soon - we're thinking about adding "Cupidity" and maybe another "Fed Meeting". We have a lot of the "Holidays" transfers left.

We may run some of these outside of Ebay. We'll keep you posted.


The team at "Mortgage Pig Central"
Here is the ordering information and Cathy's original email:

Tanta's Mortgage Pig

From Cathy (Tanta' sister):
Back in October, after Tanta came home from the hospital and agreed to come to Ohio with me, we had an idea to create Mortgage Pig Wear and donate the proceeds from the sales to the UMMS Greenebaum Cancer Center.

We have friends in Springboro, OH who own a small, local embroidery company called Image Mark-it that is owned and staffed by the type of caring folks who would want to be involved in a project like this. Jumped at the chance, is more like it.

We enlisted her 16 year-old nephew (my son) to handle the shipping and for that he would receive $1.00 per item in his college fund. Tanta would provide the "quality control" or lovingly ride herd on him. She couldn't wait.

Over the past 4 weeks we have "digitized" the pig for the embroidery on sweatshirts and polos and created high quality photo transfers for T-shirts and sweatshirts. Tanta lived long enough to see the samples but not to see the items go into production and be offered for sale. I still can't believe it.

I worried about what to do with this on Saturday so I simply asked Tanta. She wanted us to proceed. My son and my husband both asked her as well - and both got the same answer "Please go ahead with The Mortgage Pig Wear".

In the last day or so as I read the various tributes to her, I saw references to cure vs care. So we've made a small change - we're offering the embroidered pig items with proceeds donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.ocrf.org) and the photo-transfer items split between UMMS Greenebaum and OSUMC James Cancer Centers.

I hope you enjoy wearing these as much as the folks at Image Mark-it and I have enjoyed creating them. We are planning to work very hard to keep up with demand - and for all of us it's a labor of love.
Tanta's Mortgage Pig

From CR: I believe these are the larger images:
Mortgage Pig
Click on the Mortgage Pig™ for a larger image in new window.

Slap it
Mortgage Pig

Mortgage Pig