Gifts that give back: Inspired by young cancer patients

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Gifts that give back Inspired by young cancer patients.JPGHolidays are the time for giving and, thanks to the Children's Art Project (CAP), giving that perfect present shouldn't be difficult this season. That's because year-round MD Anderson's pediatric cancer patients color, paint and sketch their own unique artwork, which is featured on a variety of gift items. 

The best part: sale proceeds go right back to fund important educational and recreational programs for children and their families. CAP has released its annual holiday collection, and there's no better way to show your support for kids with cancer than considering giving friends and loved ones a gift that truly makes a difference.

"This is a time of year to reflect and be thankful for all that we have," said Shannan Murray, CAP's executive director. "When I see the talents of these young patients reflected in their artwork and the wonderful opportunity we have to support them, it's reminds me of what's really important."

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The "Santa Fluff" ornament, $8, is a newly released design that made its way into CAP's popular resin-based ornament collection. For years, CAP staff members have heard stories from customers about how they treasure decorating their trees with these special pieces.  They say it's a simple way of giving back and recognizing the achievements of those faced with difficult circumstances, especially around the holidays.

Gifts that give back Inspired by young cancer patients3.JPGFor coffee lovers, be sure to look at the "Star Trees Mug Set," $40, featuring festive- colored artwork. The package includes four porcelain mugs and makes a great gift for just about anybody.

Lastly, don't forget to set your eggnog down without having a few "Bright Ornaments Guest Napkins," $7.50, lying around. This design was created by Yonathan, a prolific artist whose work is synonymous with the holiday season. His past designs have appeared on a number of gifts including stationery, jewelry and tableware.

Houston shoppers can find gifts at CAP's Boutique in the Uptown Park Shopping Center, as well as in MD Anderson's gift shops.

Today, December 18, is the last day shoppers can order CAP gifts online in time for Christmas delivery, but a $20 rush shipping charge will apply.

Make a difference by purchasing a CAP gift today. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

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