For the last 7 years, Rena Wainscott has been making beaded jewelry to help support FOTCOH’s work in Haiti. Rena, who is the mother-in-law of longtime FOTCOH volunteer and oral surgeon, Dr. Steve Doran, began creating beautiful necklaces that she sells and then donates 100% of the profits to support our efforts.
The Start of Rena’s Beads
Rena started making beads for FOTCOH a few years ago after her husband passed away. She was looking for something meaningful to occupy her time, and after realizing that some of her friends who were also in retirement were making beads, she learned from them how to make beaded jewelry and began to build a hobby around her newly learned skill. Once Rena learned how to make the beads and was able to produce a large number of necklaces and bracelets, she decided to sell them and donate all the proceeds to benefit FOTCOH because her daughter and Steve’s wife, Joy Doran, wanted to go to Haiti to volunteer, but because of health concerns, was not able to travel. Joy began taking the beads that Rena was creating and selling them around town.
Rena met her husband while they were both attending college at Kansas State University. Her husband was a veterinarian in Bloomington, Illinois. They had four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Rena buys all the materials for her beads herself; she orders them online. She gets a lot of her design ideas from watching TV. She also sometimes gets ideas from magazines. One of her biggest issues is trying to decide on the length of the necklaces that she makes. People tend to like longer necklaces in the winter and shorter ones in the summer. In addition to making jewelry, she also repairs the jewelry that she makes when necklaces break.
Rena and Joy have been an incredible fundraiser for us, and we are so grateful for all of her efforts to bring health care to the Haitian people. Thank you, both Rena and Joy!