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Oh glorious Newtown! A sugary sweet, heartwarming event SWAK

Lenie and CJ Life Is Precious croppedValentine’s Day 2013 finally arrived and with it so too arrived thousands of cupcakes to the quaint town of Newtown, Connecticut. The donation of sweet treats, art supplies and LIP Life Is Precious shirts came compliments of generous contributors to MeetUP for Change and the organization’s LIP Life Is Precious movement.

Baked goods “sealed with a kiss” were provided by Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs of Connecticut; Sprinkles NYC; Babycakes NYC; Cherries Cupcakes and D’Orazio Sisters Bakery, both of Newtown; and Connecticut favorites JCakes and Sugarbelle Bakery.

To show their love, New England Confectionery Company (Necco) sent boxes upon boxes of their ubiquitous Sweetheart candies.

yummy cupcakesAnd Wal-Mart and Oriental Trading provided art supplies for a crafty activity station and decor to liven up the Newtown High School cafeteria.

While at times the event became emotional, generally the air was filled with gasps of delight and peals of laughter as guests entered the makeshift confectionery wonderland to enjoy all it had to offer. Many told organizers or exclaimed amongst themselves “this is exactly what we needed.” In all, approximately 500 first responders, children, parents and staff from Sandy Hook Elementary School attended the event.

Volunteers from the Newtown community as well as Connecticut Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs made the heartwarmer event extra special with their compassion and enthusiasm. Special guest volunteers Martie Duncan and Linkie Marais of Food Network Star also shared their generous spirit with the Sandy Hook community.

The simple yet powerful LIP Life Is Precious concept resonated with those in attendance as they enthusiastically donned t-shirts bearing the LIP message.

In the end, everyone hated to see the evening come to an end.

For more photos from MeetUP for Change’s Newtown cupcake heartwarmer event, visit here (thanks Steven Oliver!) and here.

To learn more about how you can support future MeetUP for Change activities through the LIP Life Is Precious movement, visit http://www.meetupforchange.org. Please also “like” our LIP Life Is Precious page on Facebook and tell us why “Life Is Precious” to you!

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From our LIP Photo Shoot; Sharing Why Life Is Precious

We had a blast yesterday at A Tiny Kingdom toy store (thanks Brannon!) and Summit movie theaters taking photos of Nicole, Ayden, Doug and Cannon in their brand new LIP Life Is Precious wear! (You can see all the photos from the shoot here)

Doug and Cannon — brothers who attend Ole Miss — were more than happy to sport LIP hats and shirts “sealed with a kiss” to show their support for those in need.

Doug and Cannon

Doug and Cannon

Doug and Cannon sporting both LIP Life Is Precious tshirts and hats

Doug and Cannon sporting both LIP Life Is Precious tshirts and hats

Nicole voguing in her LIP wear.

Nicole voguing in her LIP wear.

In addition to having a great time, I took a few moments to ask Nicole how “life is precious” to her.

“I lost my best friend about 7 months ago. It has ripped my heart out. The living preciousness in my life are my babies and husband. Damien has been my rock, I love all 3 of my boys with all my heart!!”

Will you answer the same question for us. Tell us how “life is precious” to you.

Ayden and Nicole

Ayden and Nicole

Cute socially conscious “Ts” sealed with a kiss!

We love the social entrepreneurship of Toms, the company that famously “has a buy one give one” approach to shoes and eyewear. We have a similLife Is Precious Nano shirt layoutar philosophy¬† with women’s, men’s and kids line of shirts and hats featuring a powerful sentiment: LIP Life Is Precious.

For every shirt or hat that is purchased, we will give one to a member of a community in need. After a crisis. After a natural disaster. To begin to return a sense of love . hope . happiness.

Our stylish line of shirts and baseball caps will not only be something you will be proud to wear, but they will also provide “heartwarming”¬† outreach to those most in need.

Shirts and hats will be available for purchase January 9, 2013. The first delivery of community shirts will go to citizens in Newtown, Connecticut for Valentine’s Day 2013.