Calling All Button Junkies!
Upon further investigation, I learned that Cynthia is the president of the California Holocaust Education & Resource Center (CHERC). She informed me that the center is building a display that will house 6 million buttons... one for each life lost during the Holocaust. The enclosure will be a double walled, 6 inch wide oval that stands 10 feet tall. Needless to say, this was a project I could really get behind!
The National Holocaust Memorial Museum
WE ARE THE SHOES, WE ARE THE LAST WITNESSES.
WE ARE SHOES FROM GRANDCHILDREN AND GRANDFATHERS
FROM PRAGUE, PARIS, AND AMSTERDAM,
AND BECAUSE WE ARE ONLY MADE OF FABRIC AND LEATHER
AND NOT OF BLOOD AND FLESH, EACH ONE OF US AVOIDED THE HELLFIRE.
Yiddish Poet, Moses Schulstein
Click here to read the poem in its entirety.
There were feelings of anguish, sadness, mourning, and sorrow. This display was paramount to how I would think and feel about the holocaust for the rest of my days; searing this image into my mind.
Years later, while searching through a tin of buttons purchased at an auction, I found a shoe button. The feelings I had when initially observing the shoe display came rushing back. I had to keep it; just as I have kept every single one I have come across since then.
How You Can Help
With a goal of 6 million, Cynthia had 2.5 million at the time of her last update (August 18th). There are no requirements; the center is simply looking for plain buttons in any configuration and color. I decided to count mine before sending, but this is not required. (At last count, I had over 7,000 to add to that 2.5 million. I figured the center would have plenty to count, so I would help out wherever I could.)
If you would like to donate to this cause, I am certain these folks would be ecstatic! You can send your donation to:
1100 W. Center St.
Visalia, CA 93291.
You can also follow their Facebook page for updates and further information.
Know anyone who may wish to be part of this? Simply click the share button on the right side of this article. Thanks!
08/30/2017 UPDATE: I have received a few questions regarding this organization's legitimacy. Following are two links that I hope resolve any questions.
California DOJ information re: CHERC
Federal (IRS) information re: CHERC