Helping Other People Every Day

BTOH Journal

Season Greetings!


Published: December 8th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

As we are nearing the end of 2013, if you are looking for a non-profit to donate to we would appreciate your donation. Know that your money goes directly to the families as we have no paid employees everyone involved with BTOH is a volunteer including the board members. Because of your donations our foundation Blair’s Tree of Hope has been able to help directly and indirectly up to 6,000 families at both the Minneapolis Children’s and U of MN Amplatz Children’s Hospitals. Blair’s Tree of Hope help the families that the social workers refer to us with either a gas cards, target gift cards, housecleaning, family photos, groceries, indirectly by bringing weekly snacks including toiletries, magazines, bracelet kits, serving Thanksgiving Dinner, monthly crafting events, Pillowcase for the families, quilts and gift bags filled with fun items. We are also asked how groups or families can help BTOH and we have put together the attached flyer with some ideas. If you are interested, contact Kim at kanderson000@yahoo.com. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter send an email to Jessica Crelly at crellyj@aol.com. Thank you to the sponsors, companies and people who donated items for our silent auctions and raffles, thank you to our volunteers, thank you to the board members (Ken Waldron, Mary Kay Myrmel, Teri Crelly, Karen Brendal, Deb Lubotina, Melissa Barns, Kim McCabe, Jessica Crelly, Rachel Crelly and Molly McCabe) who give of their time to help us to achieve our goals and our mission of Helping Other People Everyday – HOPE. We are so thankful to all of our family and friends who live in other states who continue to help us spread the word and are always finding ways to raise funds for BTOH.
In Hope
Tom and Kim Anderson along with our children and grandchildren
Bob, Jodi, Melissa, Drew, Molly, Blair, Ethan, Kaleb, Kaylynn, Audrey, Stella, Grayson, Dalton and Owen
kanderson000@yahoo.com
612-599-4221
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BTOH Caters their 7th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner


Published: November 27th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

MINNEAPOLIS (November, 2013) — Blair’s Tree of Hope is preparing to serve their 7th Thanksgiving dinner to the families, doctors, nurses and staff of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Also at this time we will be delivering our bag of goodies which includes soft pillowcases that many volunteers came together to make for these families.

Thank you to the “Doing Good Together” program for allowing us to be part of their events. We have 110 bracelet kits that children and their parents made for us to give to the kids in the hospitals.

www.doinggoodtogether.org

Thank you to Laurie Olson and Troop 25169 for putting together the gift bags for us to deliver to the children at the U of MN Amplatz Hospital. These bags include socks, games, popcorn and a lot of other goodies.

The doctors, nurses and staff at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital work hard to make their patients and families comfortable. Blair’s Tree of Hope includes providers and staff in the celebration to say thank you for their time, positive energy, and service.

Thank you to Deb Wingert who is an amazing woman that works with us in serving this meal for the families along with her kids Tug and Brynn Peterson and other family members.

Thank you to Jim Wagner and his family who are always there for us and provide this delicious meal.

www.wagnersdrive.com

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS:
Wagners Restaurant
Harrison Electric
Creative Creations by Heidi
Cub Foods, Minnetonka, MN
Lunds – Country Village, Minnetonka, MN
St. Louis Park Lions Club

Thank you to our angel above with the Pink and Orange wings who guides us every day and reminds us Not to Sweat the Small Stuff and live life to the fullest everyday!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Breck School – We Care Club


Published: November 17th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

Thank you to a group of young people who are in the “We Care Program” at the Breck School. Kim Shafer who is the program director of the We Care program invited Blair’s Tree of Hope to come and pick up bracelet Kits that these young children put together for the kids at the Minneapolis Children’s and U of MN Amplatz Children’s Hospitals. When Kim Anderson went to pick up the kits she was able to share with the young children what their kits would mean to the children who are in the hospital. This program teaches the young children about giving to others. They understand our mission of H.O.P.E. Thank you Kim Shafer and your students in the program.
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Thank you to the volunteers that came out and helped us with our Project Pillowcase. These women came to sew pillowcases for us to give to the children at the hospitals. These pillowcases are made with the softest material and some awesome designs. Thank you to Kim McCabe for organizing the event and to Four Seasons Quilt Shop for allowing us to use their facility. Thank you Mary Kay, Katie E., Em S., Kim A., Marge, Nancy, Sue, Cheryl, Becky and Kim. We will be giving a number of these pillowcases to the children on Thanksgiving day.

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Give to the MAX – H.O.P.E.


Published: November 13th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

You say you want to help give H.O.P.E. You can help by going to http://www.razoo.com/story/Helping-Other-People-Everyday-3 Donate to give to the max day, choose Blair’s Tree of Hope. Just click the box marked “make my donation count for give to the max day”. Every penny of your donation goes towards helping a family find HOPE. Thank you.

Thanksgiving to warm your Bellies and your Hearts


Published: November 10th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

Blair’s Tree of Hope is preparing to serve their 7th Thanksgiving dinner to the families, doctors, nurses and staff of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

The non-profit is inspired by experience. Minnetonka residents, Tom and Kim Anderson, are the founders of Blair’s Tree of Hope. They understand the feeling of spending Thanksgiving in the hospital. Blair was hospitalized over Thanksgiving before passing in March of 2007.

“It was a difficult time for our family and it certainly didn’t feel like Thanksgiving. Many families eat their Thanksgiving dinner out of a vending machine. We simply wanted to give back, to share a little bit of a ‘holiday environment’ with the very people that helped us when we were there with Blair. We also wanted to bring Thanksgiving to the families that otherwise couldn’t celebrate the way they traditionally would. At such a difficult and touchy time, it’s nice to have a feeling of home and of family.”

The doctors, nurses and staff at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital work hard to make their patients and families comfortable. Blair’s Tree of Hope includes providers and staff in the celebration to say thank you for their time, positive energy, and service.

“We are so excited to be offering our 7th annual Thanksgiving dinner at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital says Kim Anderson of Blair’s Tree of Hope. “We couldn’t do this without the wonderful volunteers and sponsors that help us make this all possible. Jim Wagner of Wagner’s Restaurant in Brooklyn Center has catered this event the past six years (Jim had a Bone Marrow Transplant several years ago and is giving back) Deb Wingert, and Tug and Brynn Peterson along with Blair’s Tree of Hope board members who have given so much of their time to make sure this event goes without a hitch each and every year.”

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

Thank you to our CONTRIBUTORS and to all of the wonderful volunteers who come to help us serve this meal.

Wagners Restaurant – http://www.wagnersdrivein.com/
Harrison Electric – http://harrison-electric.com
Creative Creations by Heidi
Cub Foods, Minnetonka, MN
Lunds – Country Village, Minnetonka, MN
St. Louis Park Lions Club