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Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Through the program, children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. For example, a red bead for each blood transfusion, a yellow bead for each night in the hospital, a star bead for surgery, a white bead for chemotherapy. Their collection of beads becomes a tangible record of their journey. Beads of Courage is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization founded in 2005. Their programs are now in 260 children's hospitals, supporting 60,000 children each year in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.K.

 

AAW Symposium, Individual, and Chapter Charitable Activity

Woodturners are invited to made and donate lidded boxes to Beads of Courage at the AAW's Annual International Symposium - and throughout the year.

 

Each turned box will be used to hold a sick child's precious beads. The gift of having a safe place to keep hard-earned Beads of Courage can bring a sense of comfort to the heart and is a beautiful way to honor the strength and courage of children battling serious illness.

 

  • IMPORTANT: Because the children who will receive the boxes are susceptible to germs, infections, allergies, and may have other sensitivities, it's important that you follow the Beads of Courage guidelines for your lidded box. The guidelines include information about size, finishing (no paint), and delivery of boxes not being brought to the AAW Symposium. Click here for the Beads of Courage box guidelines.


 Download the Beads of Courage

specifications brochure.

General Guidelines for Lidded Boxes

(Please click here to review the Woodworker Guidelines for specific instructions.)

  • Interior dimensions should be 6" x 5" or larger. 
  • Bases should be stable and not tip easily. 
  • Lid finials/knobs should be simple and easy for a child to hold and lift. Not too elaborate or fragile.
  • Finishes must be non-toxic, non-gaseous. Use clear varnish with stain and/or pyrography. No paint. 
  • Use a Beads of Courage logo bead when possible. 
  • Include your name, date, type of wood on the box bottom. 
  • Optional: Include a personal note of encouragement and/or a business card.
  • If you are not donating your box at an AAW Symposium, you may donate your boxes directly to Beads of Courage or register to donate your boxes at a local hospital.

 

 


 

Empty Bowls

Each year at the AAW International Symposium, AAW members create and donate woodturned bowls (and other turned items), which are sold in the symposium's Instant Gallery to raise money for a selected local nonprofit in the city hosting the symposium. Large or small, each bowl costs only $25 and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of bowls benefits the nonprofit.

 

Recent AAW Symposiums have donated the proceeds of Empty Bowls sales to the following local charities: Meals on Wheels People of Portland, Variety the Children's Charity of Kansas City, Variety the Children's Charity of Georgia, Variety the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh, and Seeds for Autism of Phoenix.





 

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