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

baby’s on board • a guest blog by Guy Farris


One of the best things about working at glassybaby is seeing the instantaneous look of recognition and appreciation on someone’s face when they spy the company’s logo printed on the t-shirt I’m wearing. It’s a badge of honor for me. I’m proud to work here. I love the company’s commitment to making an excellent product and its pledge to give back to the community. I recently discovered that we give back in another way too—by bringing a smile to the faces of stressed-out and frustrated motorists all over the Northwest. I’ve been driving the glassybaby van—filled with hundreds of glassybaby votives—to events all over Washington State, and I’ve noticed an unexpected and wonderful reaction: smiles! And plenty of them. Despite being caught in rush-hour traffic, the moment drivers see the van emblazoned with the glassybaby logo and realize what my precious cargo consists of, they smile, they wave and they even let me merge.  So, while I may help spread good feelings in the retail stores one, two and even three glassybaby at a time, I can reach an even bigger audience on our highways and byways by spreading joy 250—or more—glassybaby at a time. Look for me when you’re out and about. Give me a wave and a smile. I promise you’ll get the same in return.

Until next time,

Guy

glassybaby + Sunshine Kids Foundation

Join us this Sunday, September 29th, at our Madrona studio from 2-5pm.  Sunshine Kids Foundation will be hosting an event to benefit children fighting cancer.  The event is open to the public and we’d love to see you there!

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The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, the organization provides positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

Click here for more information on Sunday’s event.  The Madrona studio is located at 3406 E. Union Street, Seattle, 98122.  

Can’t make it?

From September 30th – October 6th, entering giving code ‘sunshinekids’ upon checkout and 10% of your glassybaby.com purchase will be donated to Sunshine Kids Foundation to benefit children with cancer.

 

glassybaby + The Shanti Project

10% from the sale of each ‘hudson’ will be donated to The Shanti Project to provide emotional and practical support to San Francisco’s most vulnerable individuals living with life-threatening illness

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glassybaby is pleased to announce our newest giving partner: The Shanti Project.  Founded in 1974, by Dr. Charlie Garfield, The Shanti Project extends a helping hand to San Francisco’s most underserved residents.  Through a network of more than 250 trained volunteers, Shanti provides one-on-one support to those facing the challenges of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“Shanti” is a Sanskrit word meaning “inner peace” or “tranquility”.  All of Shanti’s programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.  As one of the first organizations to work directly with AIDS patients, the Shanti approach quickly became an international model for more than 600 organizations.  Today, Shanti provides support to more than 2,000 individuals annually.  In the words of Shanti’s Executive Director, Kaushik Roy, “The Shanti Model isn’t complicated, it is based on the universal laws of the heart.”

glassybaby is thrilled to bring its light and mission of giving back to San Francisco, with a new retail store slated to open in early November.  To purchase ‘hudson’, click here.

 

glassybaby + Swedish Cancer Institute

10% from the sale of each ‘imagine’ glassybaby will be donated to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Cancer Institute

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For many families, the past few weeks have been all about going back to school.  With backpacks and lunch boxes and colored pencils in hand, we embark upon the promise of a new school year.  Whether you held the hand of a scared kindergartner or loaded up a teen’s most prized possessions for the trip to college, starting school is a sure sign that summer is ending and fall is just around the corner.  Formerly carefree evenings must now be shared with homework, studying and (sadly, for the kids in my house) bedtimes.

glassybaby have become the gift of choice for teachers and school administrators that have had a special impact on my children and their education.  Each gift is accompanied by a note of gratitude and an explanation of why the color was chosen especially for them.  This year we decided not to wait for the end of the year or for teacher appreciation week.  Instead of an apple or flowers, my son chose to gift his teachers with a vibrant, lime green glassybaby and this message:  “Thank you for the great year that lies ahead.”  The glassybaby color choice:  ‘imagine’.  To purchase ‘imagine’, click here.

Happy back to school!  Here’s to the promise of a new school year:  discovery, growth and learning around every corner.