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Julia’s project started in fall 2007 with a craft at the kitchen table. The puzzle piece Christmas tree she made was adorable, and we thought they may actually sell at an upcoming craft show in Rolling Meadows, IL. Julia decided to make the pins and donate ALL of the proceeds to autism because she used the puzzle pieces – the symbol for autism awareness. When she sold out, she decided to make more for her mom’s next show a few weeks later! The pins SOLD OUT again… We even sold the pins from our jackets! Julia donated $950.56 to Autism Speaks in 2007!

Realizing that she had MUCH more time to prepare for the 2008 craft shows, Julia started making pins during her free time in the months leading up to November 2008. She created a candy cane design, and she made over 600 pins for the upcoming holiday season! Julia attended the Autism Society of Illinois conference and three local craft shows. She donated $1,875 to these GREAT organizations: Pay It Forward for Autism, The National Autism Association & The Autism Society of Illinois.

In 2009, Julia worked on a heart she designed from her collection of recycled puzzles, and she has been diligently working every year since. View the gallery to see Julia’s latest designs, and the calendar to see Julia’s next shows.