Hermon Woman Creates Can Tab Jewelry For A Good Cause
Can tabs are typically tossed in the trash, but Dianne St. Hilaire found something better to do with them. “I was just staring at these things saying there must be a use for this and I started just looking around at different jewelry and said they got to be useful,” said the Hermon resident. Diane came up “Bracelets for Hope,” a fundraiser for Relay for Life, which supports cancer patients and research.”It started with the loss of my brother in law. He passed away about 5 years ago now at 50 diagnosed with lung cancer and in ten days he was gone,” she said. After his death, she started making one size fits all bracelets, and later, necklaces, earrings, and pins all for donations of just $2-7 depending on the piece. Last year the fundraiser helped her collect more than $500 for the cause. “It’s been great, all those that have seen it. I have a lot of people collecting the tabs now which is wonderful because at first I couldn’t get any tabs,” said St. Hilaire. Each elastic color holding the can tabs together represents a certain type of cancer. She says those who know someone effected by the disease can appreciate their significance. “They really like the thought it’s going for the cause because they know how devastating this whole thing is and Relay for Life does help with certain things whether it’s wigs or transportation. They’ll give people a hand, so they’re happy to see the money go to Relay for Life,” she said. Plus, who knew can tabs could look so fashionable?”They just really like these. The fact they they stretch and you can crimp them on and kids just love them even though they really don’t understand the whole thing. They just really love it and a $2 donation for a bracelet is just unbelievable,” said St. Hilaire. If you are interested in any of “Bracelets for Hope” jewelry, you can contact Dianne at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.