As you may know, when Tole
Friends was incorporated and given non-profit status by the
IRS, it was with the provision that we donate painted items
for charity, not money donations.
A charity was chosen that is borderless and not restricted
to any certain town, state or country. This charity gives
the members of the list the opportunity to use their artistic
talents to bless the lives of the grieving parents.
This is the Memory Box Program.
This program allows our members
to decide freely if and how much they wish to participate.
It is a program that represents our art and has meaning to
the person both giving and receiving it. It also is not a
financial burden on anyone wishing to participate.
Painting and giving a Memory Box in itself is a wonderful
contribution of our art to a worthy charity, where our work
will become a cherished heirloom for a grieving family.
This is an invitation to our membership to contribute to the
Memory Box Program with one or more painted boxes. There is
no obligation for anyone to participate and there isn’t any
Paint a box when you want to test a new technique, when you
have a little extra time, or simply want to touch another’s
heart with your art.
Marie Gemmil is the administrator of the Memory Box Program
and also a member of TF. If you have any questions, please
write to her at
. If you have a question
that might be of general interest, please send it to the list.
Rickman is the chair of Tole Friend's Charity Commitee; she
will update anything via the mailing list and also can be
to answer any question you may have.
When you have painted a box, or boxes,
and she’ll send you a name and address
of a hospital that needs your boxes. These boxes are usually
painted on paper mache boxes. When you go to the web site
you’ll find the information on where to purchase them and
any other information concerning size, etc.
sure to keep all tracking slips and Post Office receipts for
mailed Memory Boxes in order to send these to the Charity
Committee to be included in our grant and other incentive
programs that will be announced very soon.
There is a great need of boxes for the parents of these babies
who have died and Marie has a waiting list of hospitals who
would love to be included in this program. Tole Friends can
make a huge difference. It is a place to keep their
few precious memories and help to alleviate the suffering
of parents who go home without their baby.
For those members of Tole Friends who have already painted
for the Memory Box Program. We thank you and hope that you
keep up the good work.
From time to time Marie will be posting to the list that she
needs boxes in certain areas of the country. We are sure that
our members will meet the challenge and help this program.
The Tole Friends Board and the Charity Committee