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ANOTHER MINUTE: Snowmen book raises dollars for Meals on Wheels

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Local artist William Brison has been painting snowmen for years – now he’s turning his works into a fundraising book.

What began as unique gifts for friends and family has turned into a “winter wonder job” for William Brison.

His watercolor paintings of snowmen has become a very popular Christmas gift, according to a news release.

To commemorate a decade of paintings, Brison has assembled and released a new book, Living with Snowmen.

“The coffee table book features many of the pieces of art he has found at the end of his paint brush and have been preserved on watercolor paper for years to come,” the release states.

Brison says his new book is for the many folks who, like him, just can’t seem to get enough of snowmen.

“Over the years I have painted snowmen with street signs featuring family names or things like adding a bus for the man who owned a bus company in town,” he said, adding that he has even painted jerseys with NFL colors for a family whose father was a “big time quarterback.”      

Living with Snowmen takes a look at several of the hundreds of snowmen Brison has created, and the profits are going to help a local nonprofit.

“The fact that with all our blessings we still have folks without food to eat here in our area is a big concern to me, and that is why the proceeds from this book will benefit the Local Meals on Wheels Program,” Brison explained.

For the third year, he is able to assist in fundraising for the group.

Living with Snowmen is available, signed and numbered, for $22.50 at Appletones Creative Farmers, just off the Square in Murfreesboro.

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The holiday season is just around the corner and this year the American Red Cross is urging people to “give something that means something” by donating to the Red Cross and helping those in need.

The Red Cross has launched a holiday fundraising campaign, asking everyone to visit redcross.org/gifts to make a donation in the name of the people on their gift list this year.

“A donation can help provide food and shelter to a victim of disaster, help purchase things like phone cards and supplies for a member of the armed forces, or help supply basic necessities to families in desperate need in countries across the world,” a Red Cross news release states.

Everyone is invited to browse through the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog and view symbolic gifts they can “purchase” for, or in honor of, a loved one.

“We are asking people to give a gift that means something in the spirit of the holiday season,” said Cynthia Kelley, communicator, Nashville Area Red Cross.  “Their donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, when a member of the military has a family emergency back home.”

Visit redcross.org/gifts for more information or to make a donation.
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