Beads of Courage
The latest issue of Bead and Button magazine features an article on page 16 called "String of Achievements". This article is about a program called "Beads of Courage".
"Beads of Courage" awards hand made beads to children fighting serious illnesses as milestone markers during the course of hospital treatment. For instance, a child may receive a bead for sitting through an Xray or a chemotherapy treatment. At the end of the treatment, the child receives a purple heart of courage.
Parents are also given butterfly bereavement beads when a child loses his or her battle with the illness.
The Beads of Courage organization is always looking for donations of beads. I was inspired to create some butterfly and purple heart beads to donate. The web site shows lampwork and polymer clay donations, but I didn't see anything ceramic. I felt this would be a good way to raise the profile of ceramic beads and ceramic bead artists, and also to donate to a worthy cause.
For more information about the organization, or if you are interested in donating beads, visit beadsofcourage.net .