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Dear Stand Up Speak Up Community,​

It has been about a year since the idea to create StandUpSpeakUp.ca as a space focused on gratitude, giving, hope, and healing was born. And, we have to say, that while it has been worth it, it has not been an easy road to get there. What was meant to be a simple process of building the site turned into months of delays. We have had products that have come and gone, logistical issues due to the pandemic and more sleepless nights worrying if it would all work out than either of us can count.

But, through it all, you as our customers have shown us again and again why we do this. We are so thankful that you have not only chosen to join this community, shop with us and have helped us to give thousands of dollars back to charity. More than that, we are thankful that you have invited us into your home and lives. We have been overwhelmed by emails, messages and letters letting us know how our products and the little gifts added have improved your day.

For our family, this venture came out of wanting to have a positive impact while living with cancer. It is something that has changed every part of each of our lives. It has come with tiredness, pain, setbacks and dreams that have had to be adjusted. It has come with fear and anxiety. And one of our greatest joys, one of the things that pulls us out of bed even after a bad day, is seeing new orders come in and getting to create custom packages for each of you.

Truthfully, on paper, many would not consider this business to be a “success”. No one is getting rich here! We put every dollar that we can into finding new ways to give back, either through our Acts of Kindness Project or by adding more little gifts just for you. And each time we are able to give to others, we consider that an amazing triumph.

The bottom line is that we couldn’t do any of it without you. So thank you!

Love Zach and Karla xoxo

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