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The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a program specific program bead guide. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads that are donated by members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
Children's Health needs community members to sew Beads of Courage Bags which allows a safe place for patient to store their Beads of Courage.
Pattern Guidelines (Visit Beads of Courage)
Visit the Beads of Courage website and order labels at no charge by clicking here. Labels can be ordered in quantities of 25, 50, 75 or 100. To order labels, please visit the Beads of Courage website here.
Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by Children's Health staff. Unfortunately, individuals and groups are not allowed to distribute donated items to patients. Due to infection control all items must be new and unused in their original packaging. You may wash the fabric in hypoallergenic detergent such as Dreft Detergent. For infection control purposes, please store completed items in an unscented, plastic bag or sealable bag until you are ready to deliver your donation.
To schedule a delivery to the Dallas campus, please email and include your contact information, the campus you wish to donate to—Dallas or Plano, the item you are donating, date and time you would like to deliver your donation. The best times to deliver are Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. If you need to schedule a time outside of these hours, please let us know. Prior to delivering items, please complete a donation form.
Items may be delivered to the Plano Campus, Main Concierge Desk 8AM to 8PM Sunday-Saturday. Please complete a Donation Form to be delivered along with your donation, noting hours spent in making handmade items.