|By Marianne AshtonLifestyle Editor
Jane Nieuwendorp uses her skills as a former Three Lakes High School art teacher to take nature photos which are used to create greeting cards and DVDs to donate to medical centers for patients to view while undergoing various treatments. Nieuwendorp created the project as a way to give now that she's retired. --Staff Photo By MARIANNE ASHTON
When former Three Lakes High School art teacher Jane Nieuwendorp retired, her first thoughts were about what she would do.
Some of her ideas quickly came together after she purchased a camera with the monies she had received as a retirement gift. Nieuwendorp began to take nature photos to create greeting cards. The cards are sold through friends and some area shops for $2 each.
That, however, is just the beginning. With proceeds raised from the greeting card sales, Nieuwendorp recently completed her first DVDs using her nature photos which she has set to music.
Her intention is to donate the DVDs to medical centers, hospitals, hospice and other treatment centers for patients to view while undergoing various kinds of treatment such as dialysis or chemotherapy.
“I used to teach art and thought, Why not take those art talents to a different media?” said Nieuwendorp.
She stated that she wanted to dedicate the project to the memory of her father, who had hairy cell leukemia and has since passed away.
Nieuwendorp raised enough funds not only to complete her first DVD, but also to purchase a DVD player. She will donate a player with the DVDs when none is available at a medical facility.
If patients find some benefit from the DVDs or cards, Nieuwendorp has agreed to put their names on a list to receive a donated DVD of their own.
Although she has just completed her first set of DVDs, Nieuwendorp has plans to make more.
With winter approaching, she intends to take additional photos to add to her collection of summer, spring and fall photos. All of the funds needed for this project are raised solely by the sale of her photo greeting cards.
Nieuwendorp will accept used jewel cases or DVD players in good condition as well as blank recordable DVDs for use in creating future donations.
The public can purchase a DVD for $10. Proceeds will be used to make more DVDs.
Initial donations of the DVDs will be made in the North Woods area, however, Nieuwendorp intends to spread out to other areas in the future.
“I always wanted to do something to help people and I think this is a quiet way to help someone,” she shared.
For more information, contact Nieuwendorp at firstname.lastname@example.org.