BOISE -- A local group of scrapbookers is working on a project to help Connecticut families who lost loved ones on Friday, and organizers want help from the crafty and not-so-crafty alike.
The Boise non-profit, Handy Hands Reflections, routinely makes free scrapbooks for Idaho families who lose loved ones. Now, they're creating personalized scrapbooks for the Sandy Hook victims' families.
The group finds online and newspaper articles, Facebook pages and obituaries to find out more about those who have passed and then create scrapbooks with pages designed to their personalities and interests.
When CEO and Founder Jacki Kelsh heard the news of the elementary school shooting, she was immediately shocked and then turned to thinking about her organization could help.
"I just felt, I had to do something, I wanted to do something. To reach out to these families. I know that our albums have helped so many people here in the Treasure Valley. The people who have received them, it really helps them through their grieving process," Kelsch said.
To make books for all of the victims, Handy Hands Reflections needs to make nearly 600 pre-made pages (they leave spaces for the family to put their own photos).
Kelsch and other leaders are asking for the public's help in making pages and paying to ship the books.
On Saturday, December 29th, the organization will host a 12-hour crop marathon to make pages at the shop. Anyone (including those who have never scrapbooked) is invited to come help create pages. The shop has supplies, but also takes donations.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Handy Hands Reflections at 4795 W. Emerald St., Suite M in Boise. Kelsch says people may come and go throughout the day.
If unable to attend, you can drop off supplies, money (for shipping or supplies) or finished pages Craft Warehouse. The pages should be 12x12 and simple in design with the center open for any sized photos. They can be for boy or girl children or female adults.