GIVE BACK: The Blue Bird Circle's Easter Eggs & Baskets Project

Saturday, March 25, 2017


One of my goals this year is to find ways to give back to the community.  Whether it's donating volunteering, or highlighting a charity events and organization, I realized that I can use my blog to bring awareness to ways to give back.  When I learned about The Blue Bird Circle's Annual Easter Basket and Eggs project I definitely wanted to highlight their mission on the blog.  

THE BLUE BIRD CIRCLE MISSION STATEMENT
The Circle exists to promote the well-being of humanity through the betterment of the community. Its charitable and benevolent activities are pledged to the support of The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital, The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center.

The main event for the Easter Baskets and Eggs sale is is March 25th at The Blue Bird Resale Shop from 10 am  -  3 pm.  Proceeds from the shop go to all of the above mentioned organizations. I was able to email a few questions to the members of The Blue Bird circle to further learn about their organization and the history of the Easter Baskets & Eggs project. 


Please share with my readers the history of The Blue Bird Circle?
The Blue Bird Circle was a charitable organization founded in 1923 by 15 young women who wanted to help the less fortunate. The name was chosen because the blue bird is the symbol of happiness and because the members wished to be bound together in a circle of love and good will.  The first projects undertaken by the Circle were to provide aid to the Young Women's Cooperative Home and to a day nursery for working mothers.  The Blue Bird's goals since the 1950s has been to help children with neurological disorders.

When did The Blue Bird Circle start making Easter Eggs & Baskets for charity. 
The Easter Egg and Easter Basket Projects began in 1924 to raise funds and as a way for the members to get together for fellowship. Real eggs were used until 1989 when the change to bisque eggs was made. 


How did they decide to benefit the Pediatric Neurology department at Texas Children’s Hospital?
In 1998, The Blue Bird Clinic affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and in 2001 was moved into the new Clinical Care Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and became The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Is there a yearly goal to increase the number of Easter Baskets that are made every year? 
No. Making a basket is very time consuming and a small number of the Blue Bird membership currently make the baskets. We made 500 baskets this year.


Do they make Easter Baskets for the kids in the hospital? 
No. The eggs and baskets are completed approximately 6 weeks before Easter each year and go on sale at Texas Children’s Gift Shop, various vendors and The Blue Bird Shop. These projects are not only for raising funds, but are also a way for the membership to get together for fellowship. A large number of the membership participates in the Easter Egg Project, which takes place in a one week period in February each year. 5,760 eggs were dyed and hand painted this year. Photos attached.

What other activities will occur at the Spring Egg-travaganza? Can people purchase tickets in advance? 
There is no charge for the March 25th Spring Event. However, a photo with the Easter Bunny will cost $10. 


How can one become a member of The Blue Bird Circle, or just donate to this cause? 
Email bluebirdcircle@gmail.com for information regarding membership. Donations can be made on our website at thebluebirdcircle.com, by mail: The Blue Bird Circle, 615 W. Alabama, Houston TX 77006 or in person at The Blue Bird Shop. 

What’s the part you love the most about being a member of The Blue Bird Circle? 
The fact that everything we do; working in the Shop, Clinic, and on our projects (which all are enjoyable) helps children with neurological disorders and makes a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.


Is there anything else that you would like to add for my readers? 
Not only do you get a good deal by shopping at The Blue Bird Shop, but you also help children with neurological disorders.

*For more information, please visit our website at thebluebirdcircle.com

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