2012: The 6th 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 generosity that is now in its 6th year!

Edna, a long time member of the Omaha 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.

Two years ago, we determined that since Edna is a Veteran of the United States Navy,  we would honor Veterans.  Many of our hospitalized Veterans do not have an opportunity to shop for gifts to give to their mothers, wives, and/or significant others for Mother’s Day.  The Omaha Beady Bunch agreed to donate the jewelry made by the members from Edna’s stash to hospitalized veterans so they could gift others on Mother’s Day.

As in previous years, Joni Stinson, the un-elected keeper of the beads, brought the growing stash of donated beads (now contributed to by other members as well) 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.   Joni Stinson arranged and photographed the work.  She then 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.

Thanks to Edna Perkins, all of the Beady Bunch members who contributed to the success of our 6th annual Edna Perkins Project, Marilyn Robinson and to all of our Veterans, past and present, for their services to our great country.

God Bless You and the USA!  Happy Mother’s Day All! You are Fabulous!