WINNETKA – The Woman’s Board of The Hadley School for the Blind has been holding its annual Braille Holiday Card Sale since 1956. Beginning October 15, which is White Cane Safety Day, the cards will be available by phone (800-323-4238) and on-site at the school at 700 Elm Street in Winnetka, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 17. They are also available for purchase online.
The white cane is a mobility tool for visually impaired individuals, and a blind person is provided the legal right of way when crossing an intersection while using one. White Cane Safety Day, also known as Blind Americans Equality Day, is a day to celebrate the achievements of those who are blind as well as recognize the white cane as an important tool that is critical to independence.
“We felt it was in keeping with our mission to begin phone and in-person braille holiday card sales on a day that celebrates the accomplishments of and independence for the blind community,” says Anne Merriman, Hadley Women’s Board President.
The cards feature greetings in both print and braille and all proceeds benefit Hadley. They come in boxes of 25 for $35. Coordinating gift tags are also available. These folded 3×3 inch gift tags come festively packaged in cellophane and tied with ribbon. The gift tags are $20 for a pack of 20, including shipping. This year’s cards feature an old-fashioned embossed sled resting against a snowy fence adorned with garland and winter berries. The cards carry the greeting, “Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season” in both print and braille.
New this year is a 4X6 notecard set of 12 cards and envelopes. The original watercolor artwork for the stationery was inspired by two nature scenes (six cards per scene) taking place in the Marylou Hayford Sensory Garden at The Hadley School for the Blind.
This year’s holiday card and notecard art was created by artist, Jennifer Beacom. Beacom, who lives in Wilmette, has created custom drawings and watercolor paintings for the past ten years. Beacom works in watercolor, pen and ink and acrylics.
“We have very close family friends whose son was born with a rare eye disease that leads to blindness. I am honored to support The Hadley School for the Blind and all they do for people living with vision impairment,” said Beacom. See Beacom’s work atjenniferbeacomfineart.com.
For more information or to order a holiday card and/or gift tag online, please visit www.hadley.edu/holidaycard.
Submitted by The Hadley School for the Blind