Craftiness for Kids

November 11, 2003 -- Posted at 11:15pm

JONESBORO, AR - Inside of 'Art and Soul' Pottery Studio on Tuesday there were so many ornaments; so many colors. Just like Christmas, it was all about the kids.

"I just think it's a great cause for everybody to try to join," said Julia Bristow.

Bristow is one of about 50 members of the Jonesboro Chapter of Circle of Friends. The volunteers get together each month for a productive project. This month it's pottery.

Karen Jones said, "It was the easiest one to paint. I'm not very crafty, so I thought how hard can it be to do a Christmas Tree."

Bristow added, "I think everybody's having a lot of fun, and raising money at the same time, so you can't beat that."

The women collect donations year-round for Arkansas Children's Hospital.

"We're all coming up here to purchase an ornament, and we're painting them, and they're going to set a tree up and they're going to sell the ornaments," explained Jones.

The profit goes to pediatric medical care. The women hope in some way their donations will help dilute children's diseases and disabilities, and their paint strokes will promise a better future for kids.

Julia Bristow said, "I would encourage everybody to participate. You'll have a lot of fun, and raise money for the children's hospital. It's a good feeling."

Circle of Friends raised $29,000 last year through different projects. Their goal this year is $69,000. The group's annual charity tour of homes will be held in December.