Beads of Courage  
Beads of Courage, Inc is seeking to partner with The American Association of Woodturners. Over 5,000 children across the United States, Japan and New Zealand participate in Beads of Courage, Inc. These children are all battling serious illness. As a child goes through the journey on treatment for cancer, blood conditions, heart disease or severe burns, they collect colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorates milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. 
Woodturners across the country have already started to partner with many of these children by creating a handmade keepsake box for their bead collections. The average bead collection is over 500 beads and a special box will only enhance the meaning for the child.
The Dallas Area Woodturners have been asked to participate by making boxes and bowls and we have agreed to collect these items just as we do with the bowls for the North Texas Food Bank (Empty Bowls). Boxes and bowls for the Beads of Courage will go to the Children's Medical Center of Dallas and to the Medical City Children's Hospital. Just bring your contributions to any regular meeting and we will see that they get delivered to the Beads of Courage organization.
A few considerations...

    • Does not need to be turned, hand carved boxes are perfect too!
    • Boxes should be a minimum of 4x6x4 (deep) to hold the child’s bead collection
    • No rough edges
    • We appreciate the addition of “Beads of Courage” on the box for program identity but is not a requirement.
    • You may include a note of encouragement in your box for the child.

For more information about partnering in this act of kindness, or  for any special questions about these donations, contact Colin Smith, Beads of Courage, Inc. (
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