How she was born and the reason for her existence has evolved over time, to say the least.
The “Queen Of Hope” project is a little complicated. I am decorating a Christmas tree for the tree lighting ceremony at Comstock Park in Adrian, MI: https://m.facebook.com/events/240614466610353/.
Because she is a beacon of Hope, I am offering glass Christmas ornaments where 50% of the sales go to two wonderful organizations who make a huge difference in the lives of children. One of those organizations is Ele’s Place in Ann Arbor who supports children and their families if they have suffered traumatic loss. The other, the Boys & Girls Club in Adrian who helps hundreds of children every day reach their full potential.
How it works:
- You purchase an ornament for $25 (snowman, cross, or heart) through Dec. 31st.
- $12.50 from each ornament gets donated.
- A snowflake ornament tagged, Hope, Healing & or Happiness will go on the Queen Of Hope tree I am decorating for the Comstock Park ceremony.
- It’s likely, I will continue this project throughout the year, offering a different ornament specific to the holiday we are near allowing a larger donation on an annual basis.
How She Began:
Her story starts with me, Patricia Lynn Deere. Over the course of 25 years, we have had a family member pass away every 5 years for 25 years, starting with my brother David who had a heart condition at the age of 23. It took a toll on me. Then, in 2016, I had two brothers pass away and Christmas was not high on my radar. In fact, I didn’t feel like decorating at all. Having had a lot of loss in my life already, I knew I needed something to get me out of feeling sorry for myself and my loss, and focus on something besides myself. My friend created this photoshopped family portrait of all of us this year.
Samantha, is my “little sister”, whom I met through the Boys and Girls Club. She came over one day and together we decided to take one of my mannequins and decorate her for Christmas. We put on music, played with the greenery and the lights, added a jacket, a hat, and hung an upside down tree from her hand. From her other hand we hung a shopping bag that would hold the names and prayers of people who needed a prayer, extra thoughts of encouragement, or to be remembered. It was a way of continuing to celebrate the holidays in a way that was different than our normal routine.
Hope, Healing & Happiness has become synonymous with the Queen Of Hope. It has become my mission to share those feelings with people whenever I can through my art, my cards, my relationships, and my life in general.
What was once a very difficult year that I was wondering how I would make it through, became a reason for me to share with other people a small glimpse of Hope, Healing & Happiness in their lives no matter what they are going through themselves.
I’d love to carry this project beyond my own goals of donating to the organizations I have picked.
If you are a service organization looking for a great fundraising opportunity, talk to me about what I could do to help you. Together, we can choose an ornament that would suit your needs, with 50% of the sales going to your cause.
My personal goal for this season is to sell 100 ornaments, donating half to the organizations mentioned.