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Welcome to our new subscribers and a very warm Angel welcome to our newest Angel, Judie!
2006 has been a very rewarding year for PTA. We’ve donated over 3303 toys to 37+ organizations/individuals. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our 57 Angels. I would like to personally thank each one of you. Ya’ll ROCK! I have never had the pleasure of working with more dedicated, caring people in my lifetime. And an extra thank you to all the Angels who’ve done so much behind the scenes….suggested, done, written, sold, helped, made, researched, typed, designed!
I’d also like to thank our generous supporters, without you none of this would have been possible. And a final thank you to all our suppliers that have extended special “Angel” pricing to us. It’s much appreciated! We have tried to make a difference….even if it’s just a small one!
For our final newsletter of 2006, we’ve taken a less serious approach.
You’ll notice we have a new columnist aboard. Welcome Chester P.
Featherbutt! You’ll be hearing from him from time to time! :-> You’ll find he’s a very opinionated Quaker!
Stay safe during the holiday season! Best wishes to you and yours from the Parrot Toy Angels.~~Lynn Williams
Deck "their" Halls
Deck the halls with boughs of millet
And of course, we will do just that. These little feathered beings have changed our lives in ways we would not have believed possible. Our love for them extends well beyond our own homes, and because of them, we have opened our hearts to birds we will never meet, never see. Yet we know that because of us, one bird at a time will lead a happier life.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, to all Angels and to our incredibly generous supporters.~ilona
..or how PTA came to be...
By Andrea Huffman
Cassie's journey to become the Parrot Toy Angels mascot, or better said, *Celebirdie*, began as a post on the NC Exotic Bird Owners list. It was a post by Cora Cashman about a Goffin 'Too that needed a home. Cockatoos are beautiful birds; snow white, cuddly, and a little cocky as they walk with a proud strut. Well, not little Cassie.
Without hesitation, I drove the two hours from my home to Raleigh to meet her. What greeted me was a badly plucked, naked, dirty, musty smelling, abused little girl. It took all of two minutes to fall totally in love with her. Cassie came straight to me. My husband and I spent about an hour together with Cora and Cassie before leaving for home. Cassie rode all the way home on my husband's shoulder.
Once home, their honeymoon was over and she wanted no more of him. The information about her past was heartbreaking. She had been cage-bound for 5 years and it must have been horribly dirty. Cassie did not know how to step up, she hopped, and her description had included the words 'nasty temperament'. Given that description, and all that she had been through, she has only nipped me twice, and barely broken the skin.....on my husband, however, she has laid some major hurtin'! Her main abuser was a man, and she still doesn't trust them.
Time has passed, and Cassie has made me her mom, and her mate. I now watch her do her little boogie, snoodle her, touch her wings, and rub her. I do this gently and always with full awareness of all she has been through.
Cassie's story was posted on CheepParrotToysNTips, and it inspired a couple members to start a group. Thus, Parrot Toy Angels was born. The first box of toys from the Angels was made by Nancy G. and sent to Cassie. Watching her play made me think she had never had toys before. I can't tell you how heartwarming it is to know there are people in this world who care enough, and what an honor it is to be a part of this group. ♥
Has this story got your toymaking talons twitching? Do you want to help make a difference in somebirdie's life? Come join our ranks! We have angels from all different backgrounds and walks of life, and there's always room for another generous heart.
As a Parrot Toy Angel, you will be asked to contribute on a monthly basis to help support our ongoing work. Apply for membership:
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|An Angel Amongst Us|
Parrot Toy Angels come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life. Let us introduce you to one of our Angels
Angel Toymaker Catherine
Our Angel Catherine, one of our Canadian Angels, has a full time, difficult job. She is a student, one of the most difficult job descriptions I can imagine. It doesn't involve a lot of physical effort, although those text books can get heavy, but the mental exercise is tremendous. This Angel is well on her way to a Ph.D in Electronics, specifically Telecommunications. In addition to being a full-time student this Angel makes bird toys to sell at bird fairs with the proceeds going to the Parrot Toy Angels. She also finds time to make toys for our Angel projects.
In her spare time, what little she must have, Catherine likes to make paint & peel window decorations and paints pottery figures. Quite a talented woman I must say. Her only parrot, Copernic, will certainly agree. She has used clicker training to teach this lovely Green Cheek Conure to retrieve, wave, and say hello. I'd say Copernic is just as talented as Catherine!
When asked why she wanted to be a Parrot Toy Angel, Catherine wrote that she wanted to do something for needy birds. Since there wasn't a rescue anywhere near her, this was a good way to do it, and it fit right into her already busy schedule.
Catherine has been lucky enough to make a couple Canadian deliveries. When seeing photos of our Angel deliveries she is very proud to have contributed to making life a little easier and happier for birds in need. ♥
'Twas the Night Before Christmas|
By Chester P. Featherbutt
'Twas the night before Christmas, and Chester was awake,
We'd love to hear from you...
Rikki will try and answer frequently asked questions here.
Arty asks: Rikki, can you tell me
if the pretty red Christmas flowers are safe to chew on? (Poinsettias)
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