Artist: Ginny Headley
It all started with daisy chain chokers in junior high school, and I’ve been hooked on beads ever since. I love “rocks” the most, but glass and crystal are fun too, especially funky-beautiful beads from Africa. I share my designs through That’s Headley, my shop on Etsy, which serves as a stress-reducing supplement to my “real” life as a public health consultant in infectious disease and emergency preparedness.
I have designed the Hope for Whirled Peas Collection, a limited-edition series of jewelry pieces, specifically to honor veterans by donating a portion of each sale of these pieces to the Fisher House™ Foundation.
The Fisher House™ Foundation recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House™ Foundation donates “comfort homes” that are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at a most stressful time – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
The program began in 1990, and to date, it has offered nearly 2½M days of lodging to more than 110,000 families. This lodging is made available free of charge to these families in need. Regardless of the politics of war, our wounded soldiers and their families need our support, and support of the Fisher Houses™ is one way we can lend a hand.
My hometown of San Antonio has become the nation’s center for medical treatment for amputees and has seven Fisher Houses™ in operation to support these families. So as a charity, this is doubly attractive to me, living with a veteran and also living in San Antonio.
The other amazing thing about this organization is their stellar reputation as a charity organization. Major supporters include Newman’s Own and Gary Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame. They have received a 4-star rating for three consecutive years from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities; the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence , certifying that they meet the highest standards of public accountability and program and cost effectiveness; and an A+ rating from Charity Watch. I feel that I can not only support an awesome cause, but also give with confidence, knowing that the funds will go exactly to where they were intended.
Editor’s Note: It started with a daisy chain, and now that daisy chain is all grown up:
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