The SWAT Symposium began participating in the Beads of Courage program in 2010 at the encouragement of Craig Fyock, owner of Wood World. Each year contributions for the Beads of Courage program have increased and in 2021 SWAT had over 400 Boxes contributed by member clubs to be distributed to participating hospitals.
It is really a heart warming experience.
If you want specific information regarding participation as a woodturner, or guidelines for making and donating your boxes go here: Wood Turned Bowl Donations.
"Guidelines: In order to hold the beads, turned boxes for the Beads of Courage program need to be about 6 inches in diameter (5 inches minimum), rectangular lidded boxes about 4 x 6 x 4. If possible, use a Beads of courage Bead or have Beads of Courage engraved or burned in the lid. Make sure the lids are easily removable. Also, finials should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate."
If you plan to display any of your Beads of Courage "boxes" at the SWAT Symposium, you are encouraged to preregister.
If you are not familiar with the program, visit the Beads of Courage web site here: