Helping Other People Every Day

BTOH Journal


Published: February 2nd, 2014 by Kim Anderson

On 2/7/2007 Blair went back in the hospital with RSV and the Leukemia was back. She was such an inspiration to me and everyone else that she touched. She never gave up and we spent hours talking about how we could give HOPE to families. 3 months after she earned her pink and orange wings on 3/25/2007 Tom and I talked and talked and said we know what we want to do and that is bring this dream to a reality. On 7/31/2007 Blair’s Tree of Hope became a legal non-profit foundation that has helped over 6,000 families directly and indirectly. We could not have done this without the commitment of the Board Members, family, volunteers, sponsors and donors of time, money and products. So many people that we have met throughout the past 7 years have touched our lives in ways they may not realize. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for helping us to give Blair’s Hope to so many.BTOH Magent

2014 Fundraising Events

Published: January 2nd, 2014 by Kim Anderson

Our non-profit foundation holds 3 major fundraisers every year to raise funds to help the families. We are looking for sponsors and donated items for our silent auction and raffle items at these events. IOH Wine Event 3-14-2014, 5k Walk/Run 6-29-2014 and Kickball 9-27-2014. If you are interested in any of these events and/or would like to volunteer your time, contact Kim Anderson at or 612-599-4221 and she will provide you with additional information or answer any questions you may have.

With sponsorships and donations from businesses and indviduals our foundation has been able to help directly and indirectly up to 6,000 families at both the Minneapolis Childrens and U of MN Amplatz Hospitals. BTOH helps families that the social workers refer to us with either a gas card, Target gift card, housecleaning, family photos, grocery cards, indirectly by bringing weekly snacks including toiletries, magazines, bracelet kits, serving Thanksgivingt Dinner, monthly crafting events, Pillowcases for families and their children, quilts and gift bags filled with fun items.

We look forward to receiving your support so that we can achieve our mission and our goals of Helping Other People Everyday – HOPE.

Thank you.

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 If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter send an email to Jessica Crelly at 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
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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.

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.

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

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.

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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