There is a 9 year old boy who has terminal cancer, and is not expected to be around much longer. His parents have decided to celebrate Christmas early this year, so that the boy, Jacob, can have one last Christmas. They have asked people to send Christmas cards. You can read the article here.
I read this article, and thought Jacob and his parents might like to receive something a little beyond the traditional paper card. It says in the article that Jacob really likes penguins. So I created a card out of some proofgrade maple. The front of the card has 4 “penguin knights” that I found on thenouneproject.com. The back has an engraved “Merry Christmas” and a Christmas tree I cut out of walnut. I also made a nice box out of draftboard, and a little spacer (with an engraved penguin) so the card would lay flat in the box.
Here’s the front of the card lying in the box.
Here’s the back of the card. You can also see the little penguin spacer disc.
And here’s what the whole thing looks like put together and ready to ship. I used some cloth ribbon to make hinges, and that same ribbon and some velcro to make a little closure. The ribbon looks purple in the previous photos, but that was removed and replaced with this red ribbon.
EDIT: I am posting this not to show off my rudimentary lasering skills, but rather in the hopes that this will inspire others to send something to Jacob. The address is in the article linked above. It needs to get there before this weekend.