Memory Box

On December 4, Jackie Dodd taught a class on Memory Box painting at Ohio State University hospital to five nurses. They stayed after their shifts were over to learn to paint!

The Memory Box Program was begun in California in 1998 by decorative artists who realized that many babies were lost through miscarriages or early deaths.  When the parents returned home, they had no baby and had only a few precious keepsakes that were given to them by the nursing staff, usually in a paper or plastic bag. These artists decided to paint paper mache boxes with appropriate designs to be donated to area hospitals to be given to bereaved parents.  Today, not only decorative artists in the United States take time to paint memory boxes, but also decorative artists in Canada, England, Italy and Germany.

Heart of Ohio Tole, Inc. has participated in the Memory Box Program as one of our philanthropic projects for over 15 years.  HOOT provides boxes to the members throughout the year to be donated to one of the 14 area hospitals we support and has donated over 7000 boxes since the program began.  The January  meeting is devoted to painting these boxes with our members teaching the projects.

For more information about the Memory Box Program, contact our chair through the HOOT email:

Unfortunately we are not able to provide Memory Boxes to out of state hospitals. We do have information to help you locate a source for boxes in your state. Please visit the website of Tole Friends’ Memory Box Program:
Here you will find contact information for the charity chair, additional information about the charity, pictures, and an application to fill out.

You can view some examples in our gallery titled “Memory Boxes”.