Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CHRISTMAS DECOR, "ADOPT A FAMILY" AND MORE!

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club held a Hallmark ornament donation drive at Hallmark Hawaii stores throughout the islands in January, 2017, and we collected lots of gorgeous brand new Keepsake Ornament donations. Mahalo nui to Hallmark Hawaii and to all of the wonderfully generous donors who helped to fill our collection boxes!

Not too long after our ornament drive, our members were surprised and saddened to learn that families with children would have to be moved out of many of Hawaii's shelters due to newly imposed state regulations, including the families and children at the Next Step Shelter. Needless to say this completed thwarted our great plans to do a Christmas outreach for the families and kids at Next Step Shelter this year as we had done last year.

We're happy to report, however, that working in partnership with Helping Hands Hawaii our members will be bringing Christmas joy and cheer to the homes of two local families this year by putting together Christmas tree decorating “kits” that will include the ornaments we’ve collected. Our club will also be participating in Helping Hands Hawaii’s Adopt a Family program! We’ll be requesting two family’s wish lists of wants and needs so that members can purchase items as Christmas gifts for them. Our "Kits of Cheer" and gifts for the families will be delivered to Helping Hands Hawaii's clearinghouse in early December 2017.

List of Christmas Gear Needed for Our Kits of Cheer
(2) Fresh Christmas Trees
(2) Extension Cords
(2) Tree Stands
(1400) Multicolored Christmas Lights - 700 per tree
Assorted Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
Non-Breakable Christmas Ornaments
(2) Tree Toppers
Ornament Hooks
Christmas Gifts (based on each family's wish list)

About HHH's Adopt a Family Program:
What is the Adopt A Family program?
Adopt A Family (AAF) is a seasonal program administered by Helping Hands Hawaii during the holiday season that links individuals and families in need with kind donors in the community.

How does the Adopt A Family program work?
If you are interested in being an Adopt A Family donor, complete the AAF Donor Information Form or call (808) 440-3800 to fill one out over the phone. The selection process will begin around the first week of November, but you may begin sending in your applications immediately.

In November, we will send you an assortment of family stories to review. You have 3 days to select and notify us of the family you wish to adopt. The families you do not select will return to the pool of applicants to give other donors a chance to adopt them. You may begin buying gifts to fulfill your family’s Wish List once we have confirmed your selection.

Why do I only have 3 days to pick a family?
When we send you the assortment of family stories, these applicants are put on hold and cannot be distributed to other donors until you make your selection. The longer they are on hold, the more difficult it will be to match them up with a donor. Thus, we kindly ask that you select your family within 3 days of receiving the stories. If you do not make a selection from your matched families and respond within 3 days, your matches will re-enter the pool to be matched to other potential donors, and we cannot guarantee that they will remain available for your selection. (i.e. you may have to start the matching process again).

Our goal is to maintain a 100 percent adoption rate and do our best to give these families the happiest holiday season that we can.

Do I have to buy everything on the family’s Wish List?
No, the Wish List is a guide to inform donors of the types of items the family is in need of this holiday season. Donors may purchase the items on the list or any other items they would like for the family. The donated gifts are at the donor’s discretion. Please provide a detailed itemized listing for all items donated to the family.

Where do I drop off the gifts?
Gifts can be dropped off at our Community Clearinghouse located at 2100 N. Nimitz Hwy.

What is the deadline to drop off gifts?
The drop-off deadline is Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. We will be accepting donor applications through this date, but please allow yourself time to acquire the Wish List items and deliver it to the Community Clearinghouse. Our goal is to deliver the gifts to families before Christmas, so the earlier we receive them from donors the better.

What are the Community Clearinghouse’s hours of operation?
The Community Clearinghouse is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Dec. 5 to Dec. 9, the Clearinghouse will extend its hours through 6:30 p.m. to accommodate donors who would like to drop off items after work. Additionally, it will be open on Saturday (Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for donor convenience.

Do the gifts have to be new?
Yes, all Wish List items must be new. You may wrap the items in festive paper as long as they are properly labeled with the Family Code (unique identifying code assigned to the family).

If you wish to give additional items not on the Wish List that may be gently used, we humbly ask that you remember these are holiday gifts and consider the condition of the items carefully before including them.

If you would like to make a general donation of gently used items to the Community Clearinghouse, we will gratefully accept them for use by other clients not participating in the Adopt A Family program.

Can I make a monetary donation to the family?
Yes, but because Adopt A Family is not a financial assistance program, we are unable to give families cash donations. Instead, we will convert your monetary contribution in its exact value into a gift card to an all-in-one store, like Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc., that the family can use.

What kind of families participate in this program?
Most of the participants in the Adopt A Family program are homeless or are low-income individuals or families living in emergency shelters and transitional housing. They are referred to the program and screened for eligibility through an application process that utilizes our network of partnering agencies that specialize in assisting this population.

How do the gifts get to the family?
When the Community Clearinghouse receives the Wish List items, we distribute them to the families through their referring agency.

Can I meet the family and deliver the gifts myself?
Yes, some families are open to meeting their donors. If you would like to meet the family, you must indicate this on your application form so we can match you with families who have also indicated on their application that they are open to meeting their donors.

Instead of adopting a family, can I just make a donation?
Yes, you can make a monetary gift to our Good Neighbor Fund online at www.helpinghandshawaii.org or by mailing a check to 2100 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96819.

You may also drop off unwrapped gifts at the Community Clearinghouse, which we will use to fulfill Wish Lists for families who are not selected by donors. Most families are seeking very basic needs, such as clothing, household items, toys for young children and food. You may also choose to give gift cards for restaurants, groceries, clothing, educational toys and multi-purpose items (all-in-one stores like Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc.).

Can I adopt a family from a neighbor island?
No, unfortunately, the Adopt A Family program is only available on Oahu at this time.

More Information About Adopt A Family
For information about the program, email us at AAF@helpinghandshawaii.org or call (808) 440-3800.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY SHOUT-OUT

Here's a musical shout-out to all moms and to everyone who has a mom! (Yep, that pretty much covers everyone on the planet.) And in the meantime, it's great to know that every Hallmark Hawaii store has beautiful fresh flower bouquets available for purchase during Mother's Day weekend. Check out your favorite Hallmark Hawaii store for Mother's Day cards, flowers and gifts to express your aloha!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

STAMP OUT HUNGER THIS SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

Members of the Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club throughout Hawaii and the continental U.S. are supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Please join us in helping to make a difference in the lives of others! Kokua by placing boxes and cans of healthy non-perishable food in a package or box next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers your mail this Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

OUR CLUB'S 2017 DREAM BOOK REVEAL PRIZE WINNERS

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club had an awesome Dream Book Reveal Celebration and Club Meeting! Congrats to these prize winners:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

GRAND RE-OPENING - AMY'S HALLMARK WINDWARD MALL!

Amy's Hallmark at Windward Mall Re-Opens May 6, 2017!
Well worth the wait, Amy's Hallmark located in Oahu's Windward Mall will be celebrating  its Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. -- right on time for Hallmark's 2017 Dream Book Reveal! 

The team at Hallmark Hawaii's Windward store is throwing a party and serving up refreshments to welcome customers back to their newly remodeled store.  Check out the new look and join in the fun and festivities! Get the 2017 Dream Book and turn in your Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Wish Lists. And don't forget Mom -- Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DREAM BOOK CELEBRATION AT AMY'S HALLMARK IN HILO

Amy's Hallmark in Hilo's Prince Kuhio Plaza will be celebrating the reveal of Hallmark's 2017 Dream Book this Sunday, May 7, 2017! Store opens at 10 a.m. 

Enjoy snacks and win prizes! Turn in you Wish Lists and stock up on gifts and cards for Mother's Day and for the upcoming graduation season!

Monday, May 1, 2017

EXCLUSIVE EARLY-OPEN AT AMY'S HALLMARK ALA MOANA!

This year there will be just one early-open Dream Book Reveal celebration location in all Hawaii nei where our club will meet: Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana!  One Early-Open Location = One Big Local Club Jamboree! Join us at Hallmark Hawaii's Ala Moana store on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8 a.m.

We hope all Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club members who are able will come to Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana for our local club meeting and to celebrate Hallmark's Dream Book Reveal! This is the perfect occasion to come together as a club to share the excitement of collecting Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments with one another without the ornament pick-up frenzy that occurs during Premiere and Debut. It's also the perfect time to turn in your wish lists and stock up on all things Hallmark! RSVP by April 23, 2017.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

GRAND PRIZE FOR MAY 6, 2017 LOCAL CLUB MEETING!

Check out this awesome grand prize that the Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club will be giving away during our May 6, 2017 local club meeting and Dream Book Reveal celebration:  An autographed copy of the 2017 Dream Book signed by Nina Aube, Kristina Gaughran, Tammy Haddix and Anita Marra Rogers!! Chee hee! All current local club members in good standing will be eligible to win (no need to be present at the meeting to win).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE ONLINE 2017 HALLMARK DREAM BOOK IS NOW LIVE!

Hallmark's 2017 Dream Book is now live on the Hallmark.com website!  What makes the online version especially great is that you can view videos of your favorite 2017 sound and motion ornaments in action!

http://catalogs.hallmark.com/publication/?i=395323#{%22issue_id%22:395323,%22page%22:0}
Click Here to Visit Hallmark.com and See the 2017 Dream Book

Saturday, April 22, 2017

LIVE CHAT WITH FOUR HALLMARK ARTISTS ON 04/25/17!

Chat LIVE with four awesome Hallmark Artists! Nina Aube, Kristina Gaughran, Tammy Haddix and Anita Marra Rogers will chat live with fans on April 25, 2017 from 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Hawaii time (12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT) on the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments Facebook page
 
There's only going to be thirty minutes for fans to chat with all four artists so plan ahead and think strategically when you choose your questions!

Fans who participate in this live chat will have an opportunity to win autographed Dream Books signed by the artists! Join in the fun!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GREAT SERIES RESOURCES FROM HALLMARK

UPDATE 4/20/17: Here are fourteen Keepsake Ornament series pictorial pdf's from Hallmark in alphabetical order -- we just added Spotlight on Snoopy!  Scroll down on each series window to see their subsequent pages.

BEAUTY OF BIRDS (Artist: Edythe Kegrize)


CHRISTMAS WINDOWS (Artists: Ken Crow - 1st;  Nina Aube & Tammy Haddix on rotating basis)

COOKIE CUTTER CHRISTMAS (Artist: Nina Aube )

COOKIE CUTTER THROUGH THE YEAR (Artist: Nina Aube )

FAIRY MESSENGERS (Artist: Kristina Kline-Gaughran)

FATHER CHRISTMAS (Artist: Joanne Eschrich)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (Artist: Anita Marra Rogers)


MAKING MEMORIES (Artist: Tammy Haddix)

MARY'S ANGELS (Artists: Mary Hamilton & Robert Chad)

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS (Artists: Various)

SANTA'S SWEET RIDE (Artist: Tammy Haddix)

SEASON'S TREATINGS (Artist: Sharon Visker)

SNOWBALL AND TUXEDO (Artist: Joanne Eschrich)
 


SPOTLIGHT ON SNOOPY (Artists: Bob Siedler, Mike Dirham, Jim Kemme & Tracy Larsen)
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 KOC DREAM BOOK COVER REVEALED!

UPDATE 4/15/17: Today HAWAII KOC members have finally started receiving their 2017 Dream Books! Doesn't news like this just make you want to sing? 😀

UPDATE 4/13/17: KOC members in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia report that they got their 2017 KOC Dream Books in the mail today!

UPDATE 4/12/17: KOC members in Delaware, Pensylvania,  Alabama, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey report receiving their 2017 Dream Books! Still nothing, nada, zip, zero, ʻaʻole reported as being received  in Hawaii...😕

 UPDATE 4/10/17: KOC members in Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska and Florida reported that 2017 Dream Books came in the mail today!

 UPDATE 4/7/17: KOC members in Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Nevada got their 2017 Dream Books in the mail today!

 UPDATE 4/6/17: KOC members in California, Kansas and Tennessee happily shared the news that their 2017 Dream Books arrived in the mail today!

UPDATE 4/5/17: KOC members in Washington and Oregon have reported that they've received their 2017 Dream Books today!

UPDATE  4/4/17: Word has it that KOC member Dream Books should start arriving in mailboxes on April 10, 2017! Post a comment to let us know when you've received yours!

Keepsake Ornament fans have had a blast following the online reveals of ornaments show on the cover of the 2017 KOC member Dream Book thanks to Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Facebook and Keepsake Community.  The last ornament has finally been revealed so here's the complete cover in all its glory: 
Last we heard Hallmark's in-store Dream Books were expected to ship out on April 17th. Although there hasn't been any official word regarding when the special KOC member version of the 2017 Dream Books would be shipped, it only makes sense that KOC member Dream Books would be shipping out before the in-store versions, so it should be very, very soon! Super exciting! Can't wait!

Friday, April 14, 2017

POPMINDED EVENT-EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS

UPDATE 4/14/17 - Check out this video of Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 and see the interview with Hallmark's Christine Taylor at the 20 minute mark!

UPDATE 4/14/17 - Awesome video of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017's 40 Years of Star Wars Panel:

Think Comic Con conventions and the official Star Trek Convention! Some products will be available in-store and online at  Hallmark.com in limited quantities!

EXCLUSIVES

               

                

              

               

Check out these three PopMinded videos with Christine and Kevin for  awesome inside info and sneak peeks:





UPCOMING CONVENTIONS
-- Star Wars Celebration: April 13 - 16, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL

-- Planet Comic Con: April 28 - 30, 2017 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, MI

 -- Comic Con International: July 20 - 23, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA

-- The Official Star Trek Convention: August 2-6, 2017 at The Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, NV 

 -- The Salt Lake Comic Con: September 21-23, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT

-- New York Comic Con: October 5 – 8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, NY

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

JERRY GUERRERO ARTWORK AT AMY'S ALA MOANA!

The artwork of Hawaii artist, Jerry Guerrero, is now available at Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana!  Meet the artist in person at Amy's Hallmark Ala Moana Center on Sunday, April 23, 2017,  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Jerry was born and raised in Honolulu.  From an early age he loved sketching and drawing.

Experimenting with different media in his early teens and art was his favorite subject throughout high school. In his early adult life he used airbrush and acrylic. He attended the University of Hawaii and took classes in art using oil pastels and charcoal. It wasn't until 1998 that he first began using oil paints. Oil painting has become Jerry's favorite media. His subjects are the natural beauty of Hawaii and it's history, people and culture. 

Check out the great artwork and support this local artist!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! EARLY-OPEN DREAM BOOK REVEAL 5/6/17

Woohoo! The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club will be meeting to celebrate Hallmark's Dream Book Reveal, formerly known as Hallmark's Dream Book Party, on Saturday May 6, 2017! We're not exactly sure why Hallmark removed Dream Book Party events from their annual event line up, but we recently learned that not all Hallmark stores hold Dream Book Parties to celebrate the annual Dream Book reveal.

Thanks to Hallmark Hawaii, our members can look forward to sharing the excitement of the 2017 Dream Book Reveal with fellow collectors, and to winning prizes and getting our Wish Lists turned in early! First on the list means first in line to score Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that will be in high demand this year. Early-open times will be announced at a later date so stay tuned for further details!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CLUB WILL SUPPORT SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

This February our members voted on which charity we'd support in 2017 and Shriners Hospital for Children garnered the majority vote.  We've put in a call to the local Shriners Hospital and when we get a call back we'll be discussing volunteer opportunities; whether donations of toys, clothing, or other items are needed; and the possibility of hosting an event.  In the meantime, there are several other ways our club members and the general public can help support Shriners Hospital for Children:

Make a Donation Today http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/donate
Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and can be made as a one-time donation or on a sustaining basis.

Make a gift online now using your credit card or PayPal account.
https://secure2.convio.net/shfc/site/Donation2;?df_id=8457&8457.donation=form1
Give by phone:
(844) 739-0849

Donate by mail:
Office of Development
Shriners Hospitals for Children®
2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
Printable donation form - http://shfc.convio.net/site/DocServer/Internet_form_0411.pdf?docID=4381

Planned Giving Opportunities
http://shfc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=give_planned_giving_overview
Learn more about how to give through bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, and other planned giving vehicles.

Appreciated Assets
http://shfc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=give_AppreciatedAssets
Make a gift of securities, real estate, or other appreciated assets.

Donations of airline miles
Contact the airline directly to learn more about its procedures for donating miles to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Shop for LOVE
Now you can send Love to the rescue® while you shop online! https://www.lovetotherescue.org/
Surprise your friends and family with extraordinary gifts and play a part in helping us provide life-changing care to children through the healing power of love. Shop now at some of these great partners:
Cherry Moon Farms®
Personal Creations™
ProFlowers®
ProPlants™
Shari’s Berries™
Vermont Teddy Bear®


We'll post more info as it becomes available!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

PET PHOTO HOLDER ORNAMENT CONTEST WINNERS

Almost every year since 1992, Hallmark has released cute dog and cat photo holder Keepsake Ornaments for proud pet owners. In recent years Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments' Facebook page has held contests for the cat and dog whose photos would be featured on the "face paper" of these ornaments during the following year.  It's always fun to see the diversity of cute entries that are posted in these annual contests.


The 2016 winners for Hallmark's 2017 dog and cat ornaments are Luca and Messi:
Luca
Messi
 












And this year's winners are Teddy and Tigger! These cute pet photos will be used as the face paper for Hallmark's 2018 dog and cat photo holder ornaments:
Teddy
Tigger

If you're thinking about entering your dog or cat in the next contests at the beginning of 2018, keep in mind that the quality of your pet's photo matters!  Hallmark does not send a photographer out to do photo sessions with the winning pets for these ornaments, so a nice headshot or body shot with good lighting and no goofy costumes or cluttered backgrounds seem to work best for entries.  Here are some great tips on how to photography your dog (also applicable to cats) from Hallmark photographer Kevin Hosley:

 

LIVE CHAT WITH KEN CROW ON FEBRUARY 28, 2017!

Chat LIVE with Hallmark Master Artist Ken Crow on Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. Hawaii time (2 p.m. CST) on Facebook!
  
The Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments Facebook Team  arranges live chats to give fans like us an opportunity to connect with Hallmark Keepsake Artists. The live chat will take place directly on Hallmark's Keepsake Ornaments Facebook page. Our local club members love Ken Crow and had a chance to connect with him in person while he was here in Hawai'i for the in-store artist signing we won in 2016:

http://explore.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornaments/artists/ken-crow/ornament-list/ <For a PDF LIST of all the Hallmark ornaments Ken Crow has designed, click on the 2017 Santa's Christmas Clock shown at left.
 
This live chat is a great opportunity for Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collectors to express our aloha to Ken and to ask questions about his work! 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

MORE 2017 KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT SNEAK PEEKS

Thanks to Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments on Facebook, collectors have been treated to weekly sneak peeks of Hallmark's upcoming 2017 Keepsake ornaments. Click on the link to visit their awesome Facebook page and don't forget to LIKE it and follow so that you won't miss out on future reveals!  Check out these nine recent sneak peeks:

Monday, February 6, 2017

90% OFF 2016 KEEPSAKE ORNAMENTS AT HALLMARK HAWAII STORES = EASY TO KOKUA!

Starting Tuesday, February 7, 2017, all 2016 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments will be 90% Off at Hallmark Hawaii Stores throughout the islands! 

This also means that for just a few dollars you can purchase & donate Keepsake Ornaments to help create very special Christmas trees for the families & children at the Next Step Shelter.

Check out our club's donation drive boxes at all three Amy's Hallmark stores on Oahu where we'll be collecting Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments for this great cause!
 
Managed by the Waikiki Health Center, the Next Step Shelter is a large warehouse space that accommodates up to 200 people from diverse backgrounds, about one-third of whom are usually children. There are separate sections for families, couples, and singles. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, every day. The shelter is located on Forrest Avenue, near Kaka’ako Beach Park and adjacent to the UH Medical School. To learn more about the Next Step Shelter visit: https://waikikihc.org/locations/nextstep/

Monday, January 23, 2017

ALOHA TO HALLMARK MASTER ARTIST MARY HAMILTON

The Hawaii Keepsake Collectors Club bids a fond aloha to beloved Hallmark Master Artist, Mary Hamilton, who passed away last week.

Read Mary Hamilton's bio and see a list of the Keepsake Ornaments she designed at:

Visit Hallmark's Think.Make.Share. blog to read a tribute to Mary and to see some great photos of her and her work at http://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/hallmark-master-artist-mary-hamilton/.   

Think.Make.Share. also has a great post about Mary's 60th Hallmark anniversary at: http://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/artist-mary-hamilton/.