Hero Beads Boxes

Boxes for ACCOIN’s Hero Beads

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) in 2015 asked all woodturners to make boxes for the Beads of CourageTM organization in conjunction with the annual symposium.  Thousands were made including approximately 20 made by the members of the Inland Northwest Woodturners.  Unfortunately, while we have several very excellent hospitals in the Inland Northwest with many childhood cancer patients, none participate in the Beads of Courage program and, therefore, all our boxes were sent to hospitals on the west side of Washington state.

Hero Beads BoxesHowever, we have the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest (ACCOIN) which serves childhood cancer patients and their families in our local area with a similar program called Hero Beads.  Therefore, starting in November 2016, the Inland Northwest Woodturners encourages its members to turn boxes for ACCOIN's Hero Beads project.  (The ACCOIN Staff with a few of our boxes, right.)

(If you are not in the local Spokane area, we encourage you to participate in the Beads of Courage program.)

Turned boxes should be 5-6” in diameter and 3-4” in height while rectangle boxes should be 4” x 6” x 4”, essentially the same dimensions as the Beads of Courage Boxes.  They can be made from any type of wood – in fact, they can be made from multiple pieces of wood.  Design them with a stable base – this is not an item where you want a narrow bottom because it’s too easy to spill.  All boxes should have a clear finish that seals the wood (prevents germs from hiding in the pores), will be non-toxic when cured and is completely cured when delivered to ACCOIN.  And don’t forget to put the date, wood and your name on the bottom!  In addition, you can fill out a boh-certificate that’s on our website with this information to be included with the box.  (Hint: There's room to add a personal note!)

The goal is for each member of the Inland Northwest Woodturners to make at least one box each year.  There are approximately 70 cases of childhood cancer in our area each year which equals approximately 6 per month but the need varies.  There were 12 new cases in two weeks in October 2016!  If we all make just one, then we can supply every childhood cancer patient with his or her own box.

Here are the people who put the hero in our Hero Beads Boxes so far:

  • Ron Valley
  • Tom Kimball
  • Frank Hutchison
  • Bron Grissom

Be a hero and have your name added to our list!  Bring your box(es) to the monthly meeting where they will be collected for delivery to ACCOIN.

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