By: Gabrielle Mills, Follow South Jersey Intern
CARNEY’S POINT, N.J. – Salem County Community College is sponsoring a bead-making fundraising event. The fundraiser, held by the college’s Glass Education Center will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 30.
During the event participants will be able to make beads in support of children with illnesses and their caregivers. Beads of Courage, the nonprofit hosting the event makes and sells beads through a donation based system, in addition to their in person fundraising.
Assistant Dean of Glass Education Kristin Deady states “faculty and staff of the Glass Center will be keeping the 42 torches lit throughout the entire day to produce as many beads as possible for these amazing kids.”
The beads also serve a sentimental purpose.
“Children are presented with a bead for each treatment they receive and accumulate them on large strands that make visible their personal journey living with their illness,” he said.
Student work of the Salem Community College glass club will also be on display and for sale during the event, with 50 percent of the day’s proceeds going to Beads of Courage.
In addition to partnering with local colleges and universities, Beads of Courage also does outreach to hospitals, raising money for children battling illness, including cancers and other life threatening conditions.
According to their website, Beads of Courage hopes “to provide innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them.”
Salem Community College’s upcoming event is open to the public.
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