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Posted on September 1, 2017 in Offers by Katie Oskin
I’m in need of clay Christmas ornament donations. Are you willing to help? I’m calling on you. That’s right you. I’m calling on all clayers worldwide! I need your help decorating a Christmas tree for Cystic Fibrosis patients. Are you willing to help me? Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.
Every once and awhile here on the blog I take a moment (just a quick one mind you) to write about my life story and living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). I took my longest hiatus [almost four months to be exact] from polymer clay in 2011 when I had half of my lung removed as a direct result of my CF. If you’re sitting here wondering what CF is, your best explanation is to visit our foundation website (they explain it in fewer words than I can).
With anywhere from 2 to 4 hospitalizations a year, my hospital is almost like a second home. Last year I even got to spend Christmas there … well a portion of it, being released the day before Christmas. But here’s the thing, being in the hospital is bad enough, being there over Christmas is far worse. This year I was asked to decorate our adult inpatient center’s Christmas tree. I gladly said I would do it and I’m inviting you to participate and bring a smile to dozens of CF inpatients this holiday season.
What to Make: Make as many PURPLE & RED ornaments as you would like to help me decorate our tree. The tree we are decorating is a six foot tall tree and we need LOTS of ornaments, so don’t be shy!
Why purple and red? Every disease has a ribbon, ours is purple with a red rose in the middle. Why? Because CF is all about “65 Roses”. Read all about 65 Roses here.
When Are They Due: The ornaments need to be in the mail to me by Oct. 31st. Feel free to mail them sooner if you would like.
I am coordinating the decorating of the tree with the hospital staff and need to have the ornaments when they are ready to decorate. This ship date will allow me to receive all the ornaments from across the US and abroad.
Mail ornaments to: KatersAcres, 1270 US Highway 6, Linesville, PA 16424
What Will Be Done with the Ornaments? For every inpatient that comes through the doors to stay a few days, a week, two weeks, or any duration they will be allowed to choose any ornament to take off the tree and take home with them. Your heartfelt ornament will be a token of love they can treasure, even during a difficult hospital stay. After Christmas, nurses, doctors, respiratory & physical therapists, and other staff will also be allowed to choose an ornament to take home from the remaining ornaments on the Christmas tree.
May I Send a Card with My Ornament? You may absolutely send a card with your ornament. If you send a card with your ornament, be sure to attach your ornament to your card in some way so the two remain together.
Will I Get to See the Finished Tree? YES! After Mr. Katie (my hubby) and I decorate the tree with the help of the staff, we will absolutely share photos (and hopefully some video) of the process with the polymer community. Look for that around December 2017.
From the bottom of my heart, from all of us in the CF community who battle CF on a daily basis, we thank you for your time, energy, & thought you have put into making an ornament to give to someone who will spend their Christmas holiday away from family and in the confines of a hospital. Bless you.
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