The Edna Perkins Project was started by the Omaha Beady Bunch in 2007. Edna, a long time member of the Beady Bunch, had generously donated beads from her growing “stash” to the club members. We determined that something very special should be done with the beads to honor Edna and all that she has done for the Omaha Beady Bunch. The Edna Perkins Project was born.
This Project has been on going ever since.
This year, we determined that since Edna is a retired Veteran of the United States Navy, we would honor Veterans. Since many of our hospitalized Veterans do not have an opportunity to shop for gifts to give to their mothers, wives, and/or significant others, the wonderful jewelry was delivered to the Volunteer Services Department of the Omaha Veterans Administration Hospital for distribution just in time for Mother’s Day gifting.
As in previous years, Joni Stinson, the unelected keeper of the beads, brought the growing stash of donated beads to the February meeting. Members selected the beads that they wished to use. The only rule is that at least part of the beaded piece is made from the donated beads.
Participating members delivered their finished pieces to the April meeting Photographs of the work were taken by one of our new members.
Joni Stinson arranged the beadwork and delivered it to the VA hospital.
Thanks to Edna Perkins, all of the Beady Bunch members who contributed to the success of our 4th annual Edna Perkins Project and to all of our Veterans, past and present, for their services to our great country. God Bless You and the USA!