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The Children's Art Project Calls It Puppy Love …

The Children's Art Project Calls It Puppy Love …
Send Valentines Filled with Heart from M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/03/03

Though there are hearts – lots of them – in the 2003 Valentine collection from the Children’s Art Project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, it might be the new paw pals pet bowls and matching placemat that capture the most hearts this season.

Recognizing that puppy (and kitty!) love sometimes surpass that human emotion, the Children’s Art Project has created a charming ceramic pet bowl in both small ($22) and large ($25) sizes especially for your four-legged Valentines. Cats and dogs chase hearts, birds and butterflies around the bowls, which have a coordinating mat ($8) to sit on for spill-over slurps. Just in case your pet (or an animal lover) has an occasion to send a thank you note, there’s one ready to fill in the blanks (10 cards, $5) and also a coordinating greeting card showing true puppy love (10 cards, $8).

The remainder of the new collection features hearts of all colors on full-sized greeting cards and smaller mini-sized ones perfect for classroom exchanges. There are hearts on a colorful silk scarf, note cubes and magnetic list pads and sterling silver jewelry. You’ll even find them on a matching tote bag and umbrella.

But, it’s the special children who create the artwork for these products who will truly capture everyone’s hearts. It takes courage and heart to fight cancer, and the programs funded by CAP help these young patients in their battle with this disease. All proceeds from the purchase of the project’s cards and gifts, which feature the artwork of the young patients, return to M. D. Anderson to help make life better for children with cancer. Since its beginnings in 1973, CAP has allocated more than $17 million to patient-focused programs at the cancer center.

This year there are seven new Valentine designs in the CAP collection along with several other favorites from past collections. The cards are available in a 12-card assortment (two of each design, $10) with a “Happy Valentine’s Day” message, or packaged by design as note cards left blank inside for your own sentiments (10 cards, $8). A note cube ($10) and a list pad with a magnet ($10) are also in the new collection.

The popular mini-Valentines (four of each design, $4) come with eight new designs packaged with 32 cards to fold over and self-close with a heart-shaped tab. Puppies, kitties, cows, sheep, bears and even whales offer some silly sweet nothings, which are perfect for school friends, neighbors and relatives.

Also featured in the collection is the growing line of products based on the popular “Gift Heart” design. The Christopher Radko “Gift Heart” ornament ($40), an elegant collector’s ornament created for CAP, is back, and jewelry lovers will appreciate a sterling silver pin/pendant ($60), pierced earrings ($34) or a necklace strung with the silver “Gift Heart” charm and freshwater pearls and blue topaz beads ($40) or strung with red coral beads ($54). “Gift Heart” note cards (10 cards, $8) and a note cube ($10) are also available.

Back from past Valentine collections are a brightly colored 34” x 34” silk scarf covered with hearts and flowers ($39), a black canvas tote bag decorated with a charming heart-shaped wreath of flowers ($20) and a matching pop-up umbrella ($18) and the “Petal Heart” list pad and magnet ($10).

“The Children’s Art Project recognizes that love is a powerful force in this world,” says project director Shannan Murray. “The young patients at M. D. Anderson have so much heart – we see evidence of it every day. But the special programs funded by proceeds from our project offer them a different kind of love. The education and child life programs at the hospital as well as summer camps and festive parties make a difference in their lives. Our supporters are a part of the spirit that helps M. D. Anderson make cancer history.”

Shop for sweethearts at area grocery stores (stationery items only), in several Houston retail locations, at all four M. D. Anderson gift shops, at the Uptown Park shopping center Children’s Art Project Boutique, on-line or by calling (800) 231-1580 to place an order or receive a free catalogue.


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