2011 Edna Perkins Project: 5th Annual

May 5th

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5th Annual Edna Perkins Project
When Edna Perkins made a donation of her bead stash to our members in 2007, little did she dream that a project would stem from her genorosity that is now in its 5th year!

Edna, a long time member of the Beady Bunch, had generously donated beads from her growing “stash”.  We determined that something very special should be done with the beads to honor Edna and all that she had done for the Omaha Beady Bunch.

The Edna Perkins Project was born.

This Project has been on going ever since.

Last year, we determined that since Edna is a Veteran of the United States Navy, we would honor Veterans.

It was agreed to again this year 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.   This year, the finished pieces went through several hands prior to their being gifted at the VA Hospital.  Pam collected them at the meeting and got them to Joni Stinson.
Joni  arranged and photographed the work.

Then she delivered them to Marilyn Robinson, Treasurer of the Council Bluffs, Iowa Inter-tribal VFW Women’s Auxillary.  Marilyn had graciously offered to present them to the VA Volunteer Services for distribution on behalf of the Omaha Beady Bunch.

Happy Mother’s Day All!

Thanks to Edna Perkins, all of the Beady Bunch members who contributed to the success of our 5th 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!