Bead Artists! We want YOU to join the 1000 Bead Challenge!
The purpose of the challenge is to help us gather the beads we need to fulfill our mission: to provide innovate arts-in-medicine programs that improve the quality of life of children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Every year, we distribute approximately 100,000 artist-made beads to Beads of Courage members. Please click here for more information and to sign up. Thank you for helping make healing happen for kids coping with serious illness!
How To Donate:
Beads of Courage, Inc.
Attn: Bead Donations
3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Suite J
Tucson, AZ 85716
Important Note: Bead Delivery to Hospitals
None of our member hospitals are set up for direct donation. All beads distributed in our programs are our responsibility, we need to see every Act of Courage bead before it goes out.
Act of Courage Beads can take almost any form that you would like to make—it’s an opportunity for you to let your imagination go! The 3/32″ mandrel is preferred but other sizes are also usable.
Please have nice ‘puckers’ on the ends of the beads, sharp edges on the bead holes cut fingers and can not be sent out. Overly frilly bits sticking out may break off and leave sharp edges on the surface, be sure that raised dots have solid connections (no undercuts) and that surface decorations are robust enough to take some knocking about.
We ask that you refrain from using reduction frit or glasses that give a metallic sheen on the surface due to heavy metal issues with these materials. We can’t send metallic reduction surface beads to the kids.
Anneal your beads properly in a kiln to ensure they don’t crack. Cracked beads have to go in the waste basket.
Please make sure that the bead release is cleaned out. Beads with the release still inside take more time for our volunteer staff to clean and this tremendously slows down turnaround time to the hospitals.
When you send your beads please fill out the Bead Donation Form, it helps us to expedite sending you a receipt and certificate for your donation.