Yucca Pod organisation hosts annual Holiday Craftfair – Las Cruces Sun

October 5, 2015 - photo frame

In 2013, some-more than 23,000 infants died in a U.S. due to causes, including birth defects, pregnancy complications or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While zero can make adult for a detriment of a baby, Yucca Pod Decorative Painters, a internal section of the Society of Decorative Painters, is creation a disproportion in a lives of families of infants who pass divided in a sanatorium by providing them with musical memory boxes.

“It gives them something to take home instead of entrance home with nothing, they have that memory box” pronounced Katherine Wilmeth, a member of Yucca Pod. “We have some ladies in a organisation who have mislaid babies and they contend that it would have been so special to them if they could have during slightest had that, since entrance home with zero is heartbreaking. This usually gives them that tiny memory that they can tuck divided somewhere and supplement things to, if they need to.”

Each year, appropriation for a memory boxes comes from a nonprofit organization’s annual Holiday Craftfair. Yucca Pod members take a boxes home and paint them inside and out and move them behind to be donated to hospitals participating in a program. Hospital staff afterwards fill a boxes with equipment that will remind a family of their mislaid child, including a sanatorium bracelet, a blanket, a tiny shawl or a representation of a child’s hair, Wilmeth said.

This year, a Yucca Pod Decorative Painters 13th annual Holiday Craftfair will be Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, during Trails West Senior Community, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla. The satisfactory includes handmade humanities and crafts, like crocheted scarves, pottery, valuables and wreaths, for sale by a accumulation of vendors, along with musical equipment embellished by Yucca Pod members. The eventuality will also embody a raffle and doorway prizes.

“As a member of Yucca Pod, when we do a qualification fair, all of a members paint a square that we sell, and we’ve found it’s been some-more successful if we have a theme,” Wilmeth said. “This year, it is Americana holidays. There’s going to be lots of red, white and blue, with  flags or Uncle Sams.”

Along with a income lifted for a Memory Box Artist Program, a apportionment of a deduction also will go toward buying humanities and qualification supplies, like glue or markers, for a homeless and nearby homeless children during Jardín de los Niños. Teachers during Jardín yield a organisation with a list of equipment indispensable in a classroom and Yucca Pod members go out and buy a supplies.

“Every year it takes us a tiny bit some-more income than it did final year,” Wilmeth said.

Yucca Pod formed in 1978 and is now done adult of 21 members from Las Cruces, Deming, El Paso areas. The organisation meets a third Sunday of any month to devise for fundraisers and learn new musical portrayal skills taught by nationally famous artists or finish projects led by other members.

Cyndi Ruiz, Yucca Pod president-elect, pronounced she assimilated a organisation some-more than 10 years ago since her mother, now an titular member, did musical portrayal with a organisation and she wanted to learn. Since then, a Yucca Pod organisation has served as a approach for her to accommodate others and learn new skills while giving behind to a community.

“It’s a friendships that we build adult over a years,” Ruiz said. “It’s accomplishing something, training others or removing others meddlesome in it. It’s usually a lot of fun. The organisation is a blast be with.”

A representation of a group’s flashy memory boxes will be on arrangement during a Picture Frame Factory Outlet, 382 S. Walnut St., for those who would like to see a boxes in person, members said.

“This is about a usually place we can come and demeanour during a memory boxes,” pronounced Greg Groves, owners of a Picture Frame Factory Outlet. “Otherwise, they go to a sanatorium and stay in storage there until they need them. So we keep a few out here on display, in sold during a month of October, along with all a raffle items.”

This year, about 24 to 30 memory boxes, depending on a need, will be donated to Memorial Medical Center.

The Yucca Pod group still is in need of vendors for a annual Holiday Craftfair. Those meddlesome in environment adult a booth or creation a concession to a classification can hit Yucca Pod house boss Ann Chrestman during 575-546-2590 or ann.chrestman@gmail.com. Donations can also be done during a Picture Frame Factory Outlet.

Alexia Severson might be reached during 575-541-5462 and aseverson@lcsun-news.com. Follow her @AlexiaMSeverson on Twitter. 

If we go

What: Yucca Pod Decorative Painters 13th annual Holiday Craftfair

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18

Where: Trails West Senior Community, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla

Cost: Free to attend

Raffle tickets: $1 any or $5 for six

Info: Contact Ann Chrestman during 575-546-2590 or ann.chrestman@gmail.com.

If we go

What: Yucca Pod Decorative Painters meeting

When: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. a third Sunday of any month.

Where: Trails West Senior Community, 1450 Avenida de Mesilla

Info: Contact Ann Chrestman during 575-546-2590 or ann.chrestman@gmail.com or revisit zianet.com/yuccapod/yuccapodpainters.

Social media: Visit Yucca Pod Painters on Facebook. 

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