Today it is my pleasure and need to write about an Etsy shop called Aid For Abby . After learning the story behind Aid For Abby, I was deeply moved. I really felt like I needed to do something to help other than purchasing some of Abby’s art, so I decided to write this article and ask all my readers to please, please, please stop by Aid For Abby on Etsy and purchase some of Abby’s wonderful artwork. By doing so you will be helping a family that is in desperate need, a family who has been passed over for support by our great government and also our wonderful school system time and time again. It boils my blood that in a country as rich as ours…well, you know what I mean.

Abby suffers from Autism, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Bonnie, Abby’s mom, has made huge sacrifices and given up all material possessions so that Abby can continue to receive the medical treatment and therapies she so desperately needs. Abby’s care for her autism, speech and OCD are not covered under her health insurance policy. Medicaid has denied her as well, stating that Bonnie should obtain services for Abby’s conditions through the public school system. Bonnie must complete applications for assistance on a weekly basis to various organizations, yet they have not gotten one red cent from any of them. Since Abby’s diagnosis at the age of 2-1/2 years until now at age 11, the cost of Abby’s care has been Bonnie’s sole responsibility.

To help with paying for Abby’s care and treatment, Bonnie has been selling Abby’s original artwork on Etsy (AidforAbby). Bonnie cannot work outside of the home due to a disability for which she receives a small amount of money each month. Bonnie, Abby and her son Nathan are what people call a “displaced family”. They do not have a home of their own, they do not own a vehicle, and they have no other possessions with the exception of clothing, family photographs and Abby’s artwork. A neighbor graciously provides them with a place to live and a car to borrow when needed.

I also wanted to get Bonnie’s input on s a few pertinent Etsy questions, and that interview follows:

How did you get started selling on Etsy?

My sister who sells on this site under Flat Creek Trading Post told me that this would be a good avenue to bring awareness to autism by offering Abby’s artwork for sale and she said it might help with medical bills.

Where does Abby make her art?

Abby and I sit together at a table in the kitchen.  Close access to water is a must!

What inspires you? 

Abby is inspired by all things that are round or circular in shape.  Abby has an obsession with trains and I think the circular or round shapes she loves to paint are closely associated with that love of trains and watching their wheels go round on the track.  She does like to paint trees as well.  There is an open field behind the house which has a lot of tall trees.

What’s your best marketing tip for people just getting started on Etsy? 

Explore all the social media outlets that are out there.  If you don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account for your business, sign up.  Market your particular product to those who are interested in what you are selling or want to convey your message to.  It grows from there.

What have you learned while selling on Etsy? 

That this is a community that is like a second family.  I have had the honor of getting to know some wonderful and helpful people out there.

Thank you, Bonnie, for allowing me to write this feature article on Aid For Abby, and for sharing your thoughts with us.  I truly hope with all my heart that your sales at Aid For Abby will sky-rocket so much that you will be able to not only purchase your own home and car, but most importantly be able to pay for the best possible care for Abby.

If you’d like to read more about Aid For Abby, here’s a link to the shop profile.

To my readers, again I ask you to please help support Abby, Bonnie and Nathan by making a purchase from Aid For Abby .  If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork in this article, just click on its photo and you’ll go directly to its listing on Etsy, or click on the shop name to go directly to the Aid For Abby home page.  So go ahead and make a purchase.  I promise you it will make you feel good to do something to help.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MadeByTammy
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 09:57:35

    Beautifully written feature! Our great government offers little or no support – sad but true. Wishing you much success in your Etsy shop and in life!


  2. cookala
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 23:56:40

    thanks so much Tammy!!!


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