Thanks to the members of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, Bottles of Hope have been distributed to patients at many hospitals and treatment centers in and around Connecticut.
There has been an overwhelming response from artists everywhere.
The Bottles of Hope project is now world-wide, with bottles being made in many countries!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Make Bottles of Hope.
There are no special rules or forms to fill out. You can make bottles or host a workshop. If you have no local outlet for the bottles, you can mail finished bottles to the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild and we will make sure they are distributed to cancer patients in our area. Mail to: BOH, 28 Blake St, Ivoryton, CT 06442.
Also check the Local Contacts page on this website to see if there are groups in your area distributing bottles.
Distribute Bottles of Hope:
Show some sample bottles to the oncology department of your local hospital. The nurses, who have the moat direct contact with patients, can help you give some away to patients. Explain that some patients use their bottles as wish bottles to hold wishes to or from the patient. Some keep them as a memento of their chemo treatment and consider the bottles a wish of health. Maybe some of the nurses would like to keep a few themselves to hold wishes for their patients.
Host a workshop:
Many hospitals run art therapy workshops for patients. Polymer clay is so easy to work with and patients will be delighted to create their own Bottles of Hope. This is a perfect medium for children! Share your talents with them.
A word about the project:
Our hope is that this project remains grass roots: a one to one sharing of art and love. The Bottles of Hope should NEVER be sold, they are to be given freely to cancer patients to bring hope to their lives.