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Make-a-thon: Create for a Cause

Elizabeth Knopf

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Make-a-thon: Create for a Cause

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Fashionably Early 1 (Limited)   more info Ended $30.00 $2.64
Regular (Limited)   more info Ended $40.00 $3.19
Kids (Limited)   more info Ended Free $0.00
Volunteer Ended Free $0.00

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Make-a-thon: Create for a Cause is a fun day for makers, artisans, crafters, and tinkerers to come together as a community and make gifts for underprivileged families for the holidays. You'll get to mingle with other creative creators and make things that will be donated to Toys for Tots (toys) or the Salvation Army (non-toys). 

  • 11:00am: ArrivalPeople start arriving and begin their projects.
  • 11:30am: Welcome!: Just a quick hello and welcome to everyone.
  • Noon: LunchWe will be offering pizza and beverages for people at the event.
  • 1pm-5pm: Create:  Continue making and mingling with other makers.  

WANT TO COME FOR FREE? See below section, 'get support & sponsorship from your community'.

What to Make?


You can make whatever you like as long as it is appropriate as a holiday gift for less privileged individuals or families. We recommend toys since we are collaborating with Toys for Tots, and if you decide to do so, see below for guidelines on handmade toys. You can make toys, clothes or jewelry, cards, electronics, educational items, or anything you feel inspired to make! Unleash your creativity!


This event is 'Bring Your Own Materials'. Because you will have the flexibility to make whatever you want however you would like, we suggest bringing your own materials for the project. 

Get Support & Sponsorship from Your Community:

If you want to get friends or families to sponsor you for the materials for the event,

you can use CrowdTilt (see example)

OR you can have them purchase a gift card from Joann's here .

TAX WRITE-OFF: For your materials contribution, you can get a tax-write off since the items will be donated to charity. We will have forms for you and any of your contributors at the event.

Plan on Toy Making? Please read the guidelines:

"6.9 Homemade Toys. Of growing concern, is the donation of homemade toys, and whether or not Toys for Tots will continue to accept such toys, even though they may not have undergone the new testing process required for toys. The Foundation is taking the position that since homemade toymakers are not producing toys for the purposes of making a profit and have no reason to cut corners to increase profit margins or reduce their inventory, and that the toys are generally safe with minimal moving parts that could cause injury, that we will continue to accept homemade toys.  In doing so, there are three layers of safety that must be in place to ensure this policy can continue.

  •  Layer One: Toy makers must understand the requirement that homemade toys be safe (no small parts; rounded edges; lead-free paint; etc.); 
  • Layer Two: Toys for Tots coordinators (and their volunteer assistants) must take steps to ensure the makers are informed of the Layer One requirement, carefully inspect homemade toys when they are donated, AND make every effort to distribute such toys appropriately; and
  • Layer Three: Parents must ensure that any toy given to them to, in turn, present to their child, must be age appropriate." [Guidelines from: Toys for Tots]

Toy or Item Drop-Off?

If you only have time to drop-off a toy or gift, feel free to stop by and drop off items. If you plan to stay for longer, we will ask you to purchase a ticket so that we can manage our capacity. The drop-off HOURS will be 11am-5pm (same as the event).


Who Are We Supporting?


More Info: Toys for Tots                More Info: Salvation Army 

In Collaboration With:

Project Society

Project Society is empowering a community of crafters and makers to come together and make items as well as earn money doing what they love. If you want to find out more about the opportunities as the PS team stitches things together, please sign up here.



Citizen Space

Citizen Space is a coworking space in SF, and San Jose.The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and of a workspace (productive, functional) and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable space. 


AngelHack unites developers around the world for a hackathon competition, where they can learn developer tools, start new companies, and win prizes and funding for their ideas.




We’re building the worlds largest database of brands, and connecting them with amazing sponsorship opportunities.


Embellish your wardrobe or your home with unique custom crafts designed and made by you! All classes are held in a sunny artist’s studio space located in the Mission/Potrero Hill district, SF and taught by Susan Peterson, an artist and arts educator with more than 20 years of experience. Channel your inner craftiness with cool gadgets, jewelry, handmade books, paper, candleholders, wrist cuffs and cards. Feel good about yourself as you give new life to repurposed materials supplied by the class. New classes added frequently.     







If you would like to sponsor or have your company represented at this event, please contact: info@projectsociety.com .

FUTURE MAKE-A-THONS or Making Events?

If you are interested in organizing, hosting, collaborating, suggesting, or participating in future Make-a-thons, please contact us at info@projectsociety.com .



 If you have questions or concerns, please email info@projectsociety.com.


Have questions about Make-a-thon: Create for a Cause? Contact Elizabeth Knopf

When & Where

Citizen Space
425 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

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