Braille Monitor                                                    December 2009

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Natalie Shaheen uses a paint brush to apply glue to a tree ornament.

Some weeks ago the National Federation of the Blind along with other community organizations was invited to prepare oversized Christmas tree balls with the theme of U.S. landmarks to decorate the White House Christmas tree. We were given twenty red and silver balls, each about six inches in diameter. NFB staff members gathered photographs of blind people posing in front of or engaged in activities in various famous or important locations. In addition to the three NFB adult training centers and the Jernigan Institute, the locations included Bar Harbor, Maine; the U.S. Capitol; Mardi Gras; and rock faces for climbing in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The volunteers trimmed the photos and glued them to the glass balls. Then they applied several coats of transparent sealant. In addition to two or three photos, each finished ornament included the NFB logo with Whozit.

Seated left to right, Alison Hammerbacher, Natalie Shaheen, Treva Olivero, and Lorraine Rovig (standing by the table) decorate ornaments for the White House Christmas tree.

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