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June 11, 2008 > Paint for a noble cause

Paint for a noble cause

Submitted By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Linda Sharp

If you love to paint, it's time to paint for a noble cause. So pick up your paintbrushes and unleash your creativity. Painters of all ages are welcome. Northern California Decorative Painters (NCDA) present "Memory Box Paint-in" on Saturday, June 14, at McGregor Educational Center in Newark from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is free to attend. Participating painters need to bring basic painting supplies such as water buckets, paper towels and brushes. NCDA will provide heart-shaped paper mache boxes for the Memory Boxes and shoebox-sized photo boxes for the Treasure Boxes. Paint and morning snacks will also be provided. Patterns and ideas for painting will also be available.

The Memory Box Program is a touching project where boxes are hand painted by members and participants. The boxes are then donated to hospital grief programs for distribution to parents who have lost children during or after pregnancy. The boxes are used to store keepsakes of their children. The boxes reach Kaiser Hospitals in Hayward and Oakland. Last year approximately 50 Memory Boxes were painted. "This year we will be adding another community service project, called 'Treasure Boxes for Kids,' said Linda Sharp, President, NCDA.The boxes we paint will be sent to the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento. We will be giving a smile to a child with a special hand painted Treasure Box."

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) is an international painters association. There are local chapters where you can take classes and meet people who share the same enthusiasm for painting. There are 25,000 members worldwide, servicing 45 countries and 300 Chapters with Local Chapters in most metropolitan cities. NCDA is located in the San Francisco East Bay area, servicing Alameda County. The Memory Box Artist Program began in June 1998 as an all volunteer effort to provide boxes for families of infants that pass away in the hospital. To date, the program has provided over 105,000 boxes for infant bereavement programs.

The objective of the Treasure Box Program is to create hand painted "treasure boxes" for people less than 18 years old who are receiving care at Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and bring them a smile. Treasure Boxes are containers the youngsters can use to store their toys and take them home. This caring endeavor was created in early 2006 by "Ladybug" Jan McCraw. The SDP board approved Treasure Boxes for Kids as an official SDP program in March 2006.

For more information, visit www.memboryboxes.org. Interested participants may contact Pam Vandaveer, Community Service Chairperson for the Chapter at (510) 582-8920 or the event's venue at (510) 818-3700.


Memory Box Paint-in
Saturday, June 14
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
McGregor Educational Center
35777 Cedar Blvd, Newark
(510) 582-8920
www.memboryboxes.org

Directions to the school:
880 to Thornton Avenue turnoff, go west on Thornton, turn right on Cedar Blvd.
Go 3 stoplights and turn left into the school on Lake Blvd. Turn left in front of the school, drive and turn right in the parking lot, go through gates and turn right. Park in the basketball lot. Walkway with trees on left to Room 15, where the event will be held.

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