St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats 240 children daily. September is childhood cancer awareness month and in honor of the children who fight each day, we at ExVoto Vintage are sponsoring, Crayons To Cure–a crayon donation drive for the children of St. Jude Hospital.
My own child, Madeline, was treated at St. Jude Hospital after she was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumor in 2007. I can tell you first-hand how much this hospital uses crayons! Every day, as the patients wait for their doctor’s appointments, they draw with crayons. However, because cancer patients are very susceptible to illness, this is one time in childhood when sharing is not allowed. Because of cross-contamination considerations, each box of crayons must remain with the child who first opened that box. Needless to say, St. Jude Hospital goes through a LOT of crayons! I have been told by their staff that at the hospital, “crayons are like water.”
September is also the birthday month of my daughter, Madeline. For several years after she passed away, our family would put together a box full of fun, small toys to send to the hospital to help keep their “treasure boxes” full. We would do this at Christmas time and referred to it as “Madeline’s stocking.” This year I was thinking about how much the hospital needs crayons and I decided to invite more people to participate. Then began, Crayons To Cure, in honor of the children with childhood cancer and in memory of Madeline Adams.
If you would like to donate, now through September 26, please bring an eight-count box of Crayola crayons (this is the preferred brand of the hospital because they work better for the children) to the ExVoto Vintage Jewelry showroom in Old Cloverdale at 1037 Woodley Road Montgomery, Alabama 36106 or the Birmingham showroom in Mountain Brook Village at 2402 Canterbury Road Birmingham, Alabama 35223.
We have a special delivery trip to St. Jude planned at the end of the September and we hope to need a large vehicle for transport!
For additional information or questions about drop-off, you may call our showroom office at (334) 649-9121.
Our hours in Montgomery are M-F 10:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-5:00 and in Birmingham we are open M-S 10:00-5:00.
**If you live outside of Montgomery, but would like to participate, you can call the non-monetary donations director at the hospital directly at (901) 578-2446 to find out how to mail your crayon donations. OR, mail the crayons to our showroom at 1037 Woodley Road Montgomery, AL 36106.
UPDATE– Thanks to your support, we were able to deliver 1,500 boxes of crayons in 2012 to the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! This will be an annual crayon drive, so please join us each September!