On behalf of Blair’s Tree of Hope, we would like to thank all of you, our donors, sponsors, and supporters that helped us to achieve our mission and our goals for 2011-2012. We could not have done this without you! Thank you to our family: your love and support helps us so much. Thank you to our board members and volunteers: without you, we could not Help Other People Every day! HOPE… Tom, Kim, Mary Kay, Teri, Ken, Melissa, Kim M, Deb L., Jessica, Katie, Rachel, Molly, Jodi, Gracie, Damon, Michelle C. Our best to everyone for a wonderful 2013!
Tubby Smith Foundation
Blair’s Tree of Hope was the recipient of the Tubby Smith Foundation on Monday 11/5/2012. Tubby Smith is the head of the MN Golden Gophers mens Basketball Team. For every free throw attempt on Monday, Tubby Smith Foundation would donate $50. There were 39 free throw attempts which meant that BTOH was presented with a check in the amount $1,950. Tom and Kim met Tubby, his wife Donna, and his assistance Caitlin. We were so very honored to have met them and to be recipients of their fund. You can find them on Facebook to see what they do!
Blair’s Tree of Hope would love to share with you all the successes we have had throughout this past fiscal year. We were able to help 96 families directly who were referred to us by the social workers in the hospitals. On Thanksgiving we were able to serve dinner at the U of M Amplatz Hospital to over 200 patients, family members, and hospital staff. Every other week we delivered snacks, toiletries, and magazines to either Minneapolis Children’s Hospital or U of M Amplatz Hospital. Each month we held a crafting event at the U of M Amplatz Hospital. We facilitated the donation of many blankets, diapers, scrapbooking materials, and pillows to Children’s Hospital. Along with those donations, we also donated “care” baskets, which included soft pillow cases to the patients and families on the BMT floor at the U of M Amplatz Hospital. In September we held our 4th annual Kickball Tournament where we had a Bone Marrow Drive which resulted in 3 matches! We also sold many of our 2011 Calendars at the tournament, which showcased some amazing kids throughout an entertaining circus and carnival theme.
Currently, we are working on our 1st Annual BTOH 5k Run/Walk. More information on this event can be found here on our website under the events column.
We personally would like to thank each and every volunteer who has donated his or her time, products, and/or money to assist our cause. Without each of you we could not have achieved our goals and our mission.
KSTP News Story
KSTP covered Blair’s Tree of Hope and our efforts in a 5:00 news story on Tuesday, December 5, 2011. We are all very thankful that we had such a wonderful opportunity. Below is a link for the KSTP website containing the video clip from the newscast along with the story they have posted on their website.
Minnetonka Couple Honors Daughter’s Memory through Nonprofit for Cancer Patients
A couple from Minnetonka is honoring their daughter’s memory by helping other families with kids who have cancer.
Tom and Kim Anderson startes Blair’s Tree of Hope, “a non profit that delivers comfort items to families whose kids have cancer. Tom, who has an extensive photography background, takes family photos which in some cases, capture final moments.
This year, the Anderson’s are helping more than forty families across Minnesota. They say their inspiration is their daughter Blair, who died of leukemia in 2007 at age 16.
Photos from Thanksgiving
Below are some of the photos of our wonderful volunteers who helped to serve meals to between 150 and 175 families on Thanksgiving Day.