When Jan Eliot, the author, included a “Charity House” as part of a Stone Soup storyline in March 2004, she had no idea the impact it would have on the comic strip, her fans and her own life.
It began simply enough: Stone Soup sisters Holly and Alix, were visiting Aunt Marge in California for what they thought would be a fun spring break beach vacation. It was only when they arrived that they found out about the “Charity House” they would be helping to build.
The story caught the attention of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), who asked to rerun the strips, and a relationship was formed.
Since then Jan has gone on to participate in two Women Build projects, created artwork for the Katrina rebuild effort, and has been a participant in numerous other HFHI events. Most recently she traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to lend a hand and her pencil as part of the 2009 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
This month, Go Comics, is celebrating the spirit of Jan’s work and the countless lives that have been changed by Habitat for Humanity.
With Jan’s assistance, Go Comics created limited edition merchandise to benefit the charity. From now until June 30th, 2010, all profit from the sale of this merchandise will benefit Habit for Humanity. Go Comics and Zazzle will be matching 100% of the donation.
Help eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by purchasing a limited edition Stone Soup mug, t-shirt, hat, and more! Some of the great artwork is below.