the 12th baby

Something’s sweeping our city, and it isn’t rain. Well, this winter, it has been rain, and wind, and fog, but it is also something else entirely: football fever. I’m not the first to tell you how our ‘hawks did on Sunday, and I probably won’t be the last, so let’s sit back and rejoice. Our ‘hawks are Super Bowl bound, and so many of us have come together to cheer on our team. Everyone’s getting involved, glassybaby included!

Seahawks pride and spirit of 12 are two of the newest members of the glassybaby family, and they glow in our little Northwestern corner of the country, reminding everyone out there just how spectacular Seattle is. All this month I have seen moments that have made me smile: a grandma reaching down to hold hands with her grandson, both wearing Russell Wilson jerseys; a 12th Man flag flying free atop our beloved Space Needle; construction workers wearing Seahawks helmets. Our city has been brought together because of our blue and green footballers, and there really is no escaping this blue and green pride.

Ask anyone in Seattle if Sunday’s game was just a game, and we will tell, nay, we will show you—on our streets and in our homes—it’s more than just a game. Just like how our glassybaby are so much more than just glass. We are united, as the 12th man, and now as the 12th baby.

glassybaby + San Francisco SPCA

10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area

A walk downtown to enjoy the department store windows in December has become an annual tradition in my family.  On a recent trip to San Francisco, I saw the most unusual holiday window ever:  a display with live puppies and kittens!  It was all part of the Macy’s and San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Union Square.  This  event, now in its 9th year, is actually a pop-up pet adoption center that has raised $400,000 and found homes for 2,300 deserving dogs and cats. 

This is only one example of the great work done by the San Francisco SPCA to improve the lives of our four-legged friends.  We are pleased to announce that the San Francisco SPCA   (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is our newest giving partner. 10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1868, the San Francisco SPCA is an animal shelter, a spay/neuter clinic and a public animal hospital, dedicated to finding a home for every adoptable animal under their roof.  

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glassybaby gives thanks

No matter how you begin your holiday season—whether it be gathering friends and family around a Thanksgiving feast, celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah, cheering on your favorite football team or shopping at a time when most people are sleeping—this time of year is the perfect time to honor tradition and reflect on all that is good in our lives.

At glassybaby, we have much to be thankful for:  our glassblowers that share their amazing artistry with us 7 days a week, our charitable partners that deliver on the promise to change lives, Seattle City Light (who graciously changed their plans to replace worn out electrical service so that we wouldn’t have to shut down our shop during a critical production time), the FedEx folks that deliver the light of glassybaby across the country and around the world, an amazing group of sales and marketing people that I am proud to call my friends and colleagues, a woman who, on her own difficult journey, reached out to help others, and, of course, you—our one-of-a-kind glassybaby community.

Because of your generosity, we were able to fund scholarships for some very deserving nursing students who plan to study oncology.

Because of your generosity, a 23-year old relapsed leukemia patient who had been told to go home and get her affairs in order is now cancer free.

Because of you, seriously ill children got to be kids and enjoy a week of summer camp at no charge.

Because of you, patients receiving treatment at UW Medical Center had a place to call home—and have their family stay with them.

Because of you, animals that were displaced by the fires in Colorado were placed in loving homes until they could be reunited with their owners.

Because of you, a dying mother had the opportunity to fly her relatives to Seattle so that they could meet the granddaughter they would soon be raising.

Because of you, veterans that could no longer chew normal food, were given blenders and attended classes on nutrition.

Because of you, the way that childhood cancers are being diagnosed and treated is changing.

Because of you, a chemo patient who lost her hair and eyelashes isn’t embarrassed to go to the grocery store or pick her children up from school.

Because of you, our neighbors have food to put on their tables.

The ways in which your generosity has touched and changed lives are countless.  Please know that in this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, you have ours.

Until next time,

Mary

glassybaby + Tipping Point Community

10% from the sale of each ‘gratitude’ will be donated to Tipping Point Community to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area

We’ve all faced difficult choices, but few of us have had to choose between paying our electric bill or putting food on the table.  For close to 1.3 million of our new neighbors in the Bay Area, these choices are part of their daily lives.  glassybaby is pleased to announce our newest giving partnership with Tipping Point Community, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area.  glassybaby believes that breaking this cycle is a critical component of human healing.

Tipping Point’s approach focuses on four key areas:  housing, health, education and employment, the founding structures of any city.  Through their grant program, Tipping Point makes sure that the most effective non-profits get the support they deserve.  Currently, that includes 42 different human service organizations.  Because the Tipping Point Board of Directors covers all fundraising and operational expenses, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to help those impacted by poverty.  And Tipping Points support doesn’t end with dollars.  They also support grantees with technology, fundraising and communications resources that they need to grow and improve.  Last year, Tipping Point grantees impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people in the Bay Area.  To purchase ‘gratitude’, click here.

 

glassybaby + The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and a fitting time to introduce our newest single color partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  From now until January 31st, 2014, we will give 10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ to this nationwide network of people dedicated to creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. 

One of the most meaningful ways that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network helps patients is through their Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program.  This program provides free, personal call-in support to pancreatic patients, their famiies and medical teams.    A personal PALS associate can provide patients with  current information about the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, specialists, support groups, diet and nutrition, and symptom and pain management.  The PALS program also connects current patients with survivors.

Helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options is the first step to creating hope.  To purchase ‘sweet pea’, click here.

   

glassybaby + UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

‘kindness’ is here. 10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

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As you might expect, when we made the decision to open a new store in San Francisco, we had a long list of to-do items.  At the top of that list, was finding amazing charitable partners to work with.  We knew we wanted to work with organizations that were well-respected in the Bay Area and really understood our mission of giving back to help cancer patients.  We think we found the perfect partner in UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

glassybaby is pleased to announce UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay as our newest giving partner.  Slated to open in 2015, this new hospital is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and is the first new facility to open at UCSF Medical Center in more than 30 years.  The hospital complex will include a children’s hospital, a women’s hospital and a cancer hospital.  glassybaby’s donations will be earmarked for a patient assistance fund to help cancer patients with day-to-day costs such as groceries, bus fare and art therapy—items which aren’t covered by medical insurance.  10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ glassybaby will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  To purchase ‘kindness’, click here.

We can’t wait to move into our new storefront at 3665 Sacramento Street, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood!  Though our doors won’t officially open until November 1st, we’ve already begun giving back to UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  Stop by and experience glassybaby one of a kindness for yourself.

   

glassybaby + The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk

Through October 21st, enter giving code “impact” upon checkout and 10% of your glassybaby.com purchase will benefit The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk to help women and men living with breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay area and fund life-saving research

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Last year I introduced you to glassybaby faithful, Trina Chow.  There are so many things to love about Trina:  She is kind, talented and driven to help others.  It was glassybaby that brought us together.  But I like to think it’s our shared outlook and mission to help others that has strengthened our friendship (and mutual admiration) over the years.

On the weekend of October 18-20th, Trina will participate in the second annual Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk, a 15-55 mile fundraising walk that will take place of the course of three days, on an urban route in the City of San Francisco. Many of those joining Trina have been walking to help raise money for breast cancer for years.  The three Bay Area beneficiaries of this years’ walk proceeds are:  Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic and Friend to Friend Fund – Partners in Care at UCSF Mt. Zion.  The national beneficiary is METAvivor Research and Support, the only national nonprofit focused on metastatic disease.  Funds granted to METAvivor will be directed to research.

Through October 21st, we will donate 10% your online purchase to The Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk.  Just enter the giving code “impact” upon checkout.  To begin shopping, click here.