Helping Other People Every Day

BTOH Journal

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

Sewing Pillowcases for Families

Published: October 28th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

Date of Event: 11/3/2013
Where: Four Seasons Quilt Shop, 9708 63rd Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Looking for 15-20 volunteers who would be interested in sewing pillow cases for us to deliver to families at the U of MN Amplatz on Thanksgiving Day when we will be there serving Thanksgiving Dinner as well as donating to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. You would need to bring your sewing machine and tools we will provide material unless you have some really cool material you would like to donate. Thank you to Four Seasons Quilt Shop. If interested sign up please click here: to sign up for Pillow case sewing on @VolunteerSpot today.
Thank you for helping us to Help Other People Everyday! HOPE

Questions contact Kim Anderson or 612-599-4221

Outstanding Dining selects Blair’s Tree of Hope

Published: October 4th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

Outstanding Dining has selected Blair’s Tree of Hope as their Charity of the Month to receive 10% of their sales.

They offer 50% discounts on gift certificates to outstanding restaurants in the Twin Cities.

If you are looking to buy a gift certificate to a restaurant for someone here is your chance to buy a gift and Help Other People Everday! HOPE.

Any questions on this fundraisier contact Jess Crelly at

Thank you Ben Berry and Outstanding Dining for selecting Blair’s Tree of Hope

6th Annual Kickball Tournament Raffle

Published: September 13th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

We are selling raffle tickets for $1 per ticket.  We will pull the winning tickets at our 6th Annual Kickball Tournament on 9/28/2013.  Need not be present to win – you will be contacted if your ticket was selected!  Thank you to everyone who donated to our raffle!  Good Luck!
MP4 Multimedia Player
3 Story Dollhouse Set
Quilt by Maple Grover Quilters
Stephanie Dawn Bag (one of my favorites)
Erik’s Bike Shop Gift Certificate
23 Piece Precision Screwdriver Set
Gutherie Tickets (set of 2)
Lions Tap – Gift Certificates
Mystic Lake – Gift Certificate – Restaurant
Panera Bread – Gift Certificate
Wooleys Restaurant – Gift Certificate
The Brow Studio – Gift Certificates
Art & Elixir – Gift Certificates
Joke Joint – Gift Certificate
Green Mill – Gift Certificate
Gold Nugget – Gift Certificate
Chanhassen Dinner Theater – Gift Certificate
Lili Salon – spa – Man’s Haircut – Tonic Barbers
Minnesota Zoo – Discount Coupons
Sky Zone – 2 Coupons
Garden Stakes (Tenderheart Treasures)
Oragami Owl Necklace
Portrait Session – Near and Far Photography
Bag donated by 31
Pamper Chef – Gift Certificate
If you would like to purchase you can send your money to BTOH, 3324 Hopkins Crossroads, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Provide your email address and you will be sent a picture of your raffle ticket stubs. All winning tickets will be posted after the event. Thank you.

6th Annual Kickball Tournament 9/28/2013

Published: July 7th, 2013 by Kim Anderson

It is that time of the year to put together your team and sign up for our 6th Annual Kickball Tournament! Family, Friends, Fun, and Affordable! What better way to spend the day then playing a game that can be enjoyed by any age! The first games start at 8am and the last game at 7pm (depending on the number of teams signed up) the more the merrier! Click on the link below for the registration form. If you have any questions about the tournament you can contact Jodi Olson at 612-940-3906 or email

If you are interested in volunteering to help out this event here is how it works in 3 easy steps

  1.  Click the link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot:
  2.  Enter your email address (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3.  Sign Up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.  Easy!

Note:  VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Jodi directly at

What helps our tournament to be a success in addition to the teams and spectators that participate is the sponsors. Sponsorships are coming in and we would like to thank:  TCF Bank, Horizon Agency, Inc, Wenzel Heating and Air Conditioning, Flannery Auto Shop and Twin Cities Wedding DJ’s.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our event contact Kim at

We will be selling tickets to our raffle starting the week of August 5th and if you are interested in purchasing contact Kim at  All board members and committee members will be selling the raffle tickets as well as having them for sell at the start of our event! 

Thank you for helping us to achieve our mission and our goals! Helping Other People Everyday! HOPE

2013 kickball flyer