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"You get what you give!"

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Photography by Kelly Cronin Bicknell

While her artistic career developed, Hutchinson also had a job in fundraising and development at Hospice of Cape Cod. In 1993, she thought up the idea of designing a Christmas card that could be sold to raise even more funds for the organization, and her first card project was underway.

In the 22 years since, she has donated funds raised through the sale of her cards to eight organizations: Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Child and Family Services/Cape Cod, Housing Assistance Corporation, Cape Abilities and A Baby Center, all based in Hyannis; and The Pine Tree Society of Scarborough, Maine, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

This year’s card is currently on sale at a variety of gift shops around the Cape, and the proceeds will again benefit A Baby Center, a facility that helps local families who have young children—newborns to 4-year-olds.

Hutchinson views the project as an opportunity to help out local organizations, like A Baby Center, that help people in the community who have a financial need. Some years, she has even made multiple Christmas cards to benefit multiple organizations. For the past eight years, she has chosen A Baby Center as the beneficiary because she feels strongly about the organization’s impact in the local community. In addition to the services A Baby Center provides, the organization also helps locals preserve their bottom line by providing diapers for needy families.
Anyone who has children knows: that is a vital service. “I remember being told a story about a mom at a pediatrician’s office whose baby had such terrible diaper rash, and it was because she was re-using diapers,” Hutchinson says. “Diapers are expensive—and this mom didn’t have enough money to buy them.”



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