Helping Other People Every Day

BTOH Journal

7th Annual Thanksgiving Meal served at the U of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital


Published: November 27th, 2014 by Kim Anderson

From Chris And Joe Gottlieb 10/16/2014:

“We are getting close to our daughter’s one year anniversary of her open heart surgery and subsequent complications for a 22 day hospital stay at Amplatz. We held our Abby for the first time on Thanksgiving Day after surgery. For 3 days after surgery we did not know if we’d ever hold her again. We are very blessed people to have had such great care at Amplatz, and we were so thankful for your organization’s gift of a real Thanksgiving Dinner after such a traumatic week. To give their personal time and effort just to help us meant so much”.

Blair’ Tree of Hope has been blessed to be given the opportunity to join forces with many wonderful people to serve a delicious Thanksgiving Meal to the families and Staff of University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital. It is such an honor to help these courageous families have just a small amount of “normalcy” during such a trying time in their lives.

This year will be no different. With the help of the Amazing Jim Wagner of Wagners Drive in, who along with his volunteers makes all of the delicious food, we plan on feeding many families an amazing and traditional Thanksgiving Meal. After the meal, a delicious array of desserts will be served courtesy of Heidi Kaliher, our amazing friend and baker.

There are so many others that help us to keep HOPE alive. Deb Wingert and her crew, Colleen & Cathy Mahoney, Mary Kay & Kevin Myrmel and Kim and Tom Anderson for making sure the meal is served with grace and beauty. Harrison Electric and many others for helping to sponsor this event with cash donations. Without them we would be unable to continue our mission of Helping Other People Everyday.

Finally, to Chris, Joe & Abby Gottlieb – You are what makes us strive as a foundation to continue to do everything we can to help families during this tough time in their lives. We promise that our families will ALWAYS be our first and most important priority.

To anyone else who has touched the Blair’s Tree of Hope organization, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are nothing without all of you amazing people.

During this Holiday season we take time to think of our many blessings. You are all considered among them. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Abby 2013 Abby 2014

7th Annual Kickball Tournament


Published: October 5th, 2014 by Kim Anderson

Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual kickball tournament at the Valley View Fields in Bloomington, MN – the sun was shining and it couldn’t have been a better day.

Thank you to our sponsors

Horizon Agency, Inc., Chubb Insurance Group, TCF Bank, Flanery Brothers, Wenzel Heating & Air Conditioning, Fresco, Inc., The Cellular Connection, Ernst & Young and GR Promotions.

Thank you to the teams who participated – you were so fun to watch.

Family Division

Don’t Stop Believing, Just for Kicks, Kickin Cousins, Kickin for Adrian, Scorpions, One Kick Wonders

Competitive Division

K-Bunnies, Just Like High Schook, Ballsagna, Foot Clan, Sparkle Ponies, Wild Things, Unleashed, Summertime Brew, Swift Kick in the Grass, Balls Deep, Balls & Dolls, Saved by The ball.

2014 Kickball Champs - Competitive Division - Summertime Brew 2014 Kickball Champs - Family Division Just for Kicks

Winners – Family Division – Just for Kicks and the Competitive Division, Summertime Brew

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffles tickets and to all of the companies who donated gift certificates or products – if your ticket was pulled you should have received your raffle item or it has been mailed.

MN Wild Tickets – 4 Tickets – Donated by Ernts & Young – Winner – Josh G

SamSung Tab 2 7 inch tablet – Donated by The Cellular Connection – Winner – Scott H.

Quilt – Maple Grove Quilters Group – Winner – Joe Hasling

CD – Fix Me Up (Zach Sobiech)

Fly a Little Higher book (Laura Sobiech)

MN Arboretum – 4 VIP Passes

Mill City Museum – 4 Passes

Gutherie Theate – 2 Tickets

Poor Richards – Gift Cards (2) $25 each

The Works Museum – 4 Passes

Joke Joint – Passes

Gold Nugget – 1 GC $25

Roasted Pear Restaurant – 1 GC $20

ChiroCenter – 1 GC (hour massage)

Personal Trainer – 1 GC (The Sabes Jewish Community Center)

Creative Confections by Heidi – 1 GC – Cupcakes

Erik’s Bike Shop – 1 GC $25

Brave New Workshop – 2 Passes

Rocco Altobelli – 2 GC – $20 each

Chanhassen – Dinner & Show for 2

Granola

BBQ Basket

Cowboy Jacks bucket with GC

Mary Kay Basket

Von Foss

Air Maxx Trampoline

Hope Basket

Pillowcase – set of 2

Mark your calendar for next year – the last Saturday in September 2015

In Hope

Quarterly Sewing Events


Published: August 22nd, 2014 by Kim Anderson

Pillowcase and chemo bag

Pictured – Co-founder Kim Anderson and volunteer Amelia Merfeld

 

Looking for a way to help out but are not able to make a monetary donation come join us at our quarterly  sewing event held at our Sponsor facility the Four Seasons Quilts, 9708 63rd Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN – owner Joann.  Thank you so much for the use of your facility we are able to bring together 12-15 people to design, cut, sew, iron some of the most beautiful pillowcases and chemo bags.  Time is 12:00 (noon) to 5p.m.  We have people come who love to iron but don’t sew, we have those those love to sew but don’t like to iron, others have the eye to put patterns together.  We meet new people every quarter and are able to share our goals and mission with them.  Great fellowship event.

St.MinneSomePlace in Paradise


Published: August 22nd, 2014 by Kim Anderson

Blair’s Tree of Hope was nominated by Kalbi Grogan who is a member of the St.MinneSomePlace in Paradise non-profit to come and present who we are at a meeting.  At this meeting we had to share with them who we are and what we do along with 4 other non-profits.   Blair’s Tree of Hope was selected as one of the 2 charities that St.MinnesSomePlace will donate funds to this fiscal year.   Thank you to Kalbi and the board members for selecting Blair’s Tree of Hope Non-Profit – yo u are helping us to Help Other People Everyday.  HOPE

Heartfelt Thank You


Published: August 22nd, 2014 by Kim Anderson

It is so heartwarming to receive the Thank you’s notes from the families that we help and we do read and share each one at the board meetings.   We received a heartfelt thank you in the mail today from a grandparent of a child going through a journey and felt we should share with you.

“Hello –  Last year Labor day my grandson was diagnosed with cancer and began chemo treatments at Minneapolis Childrens.  My grandson was very close with his grandmother  whose love and support helped him in his day to day battle.  His grandmother passed away  recently from her own battle with another disease.  In my wife’s memory I would like to make this donation to your organization so that someone like my grandson and their family might benefit from your generosity as my grandson and his did.  Thanks to Blair’s Tree of Hope and what you do and keep up the good work.   Sincerely a grateful grandfather.