When Donn Zver first offered to help raise funds for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Brantford and Brant County, the Kids Can Fly team was delighted but had no idea how it would turn out.

How does pottery and early literacy mix?

Well, we found out that small pottery items are greatly appreciated by many people, and soon enough, the Donn Zver Pottery Christmas ornament campaign began.

Last year, our volunteers worked alongside Donn and his team and made over 800 ornaments, and managed to sell enough to raise $8,000! This has been a consistent number for a few years.

But in 2023, we started EARLY and were able to make close to a THOUSAND beautiful star ornaments at Donn’s studio.

“They’re basically free to fire in the kiln,” explained Donn. “We can just put the ornaments between other, larger pieces of pottery when we’re firing.”

We are VERY excited to share that our 2023 campaign raised EXACTLY $8,680! This means that our community purchased more than 800 ornaments from our volunteers, board, and much-appreciated storefront locations:

Sweet Bakery
Our Kitchen
Finders Keepers
Ruffin’s Pet Centre
St. George Family Eyecare
Family Dentistry – West Brant

Now, we are overjoyed to announce that this partnership has fundraised over $55,000 since we started!

The Kids Can Fly team is incredibly thankful to Donn Zver for dreaming up this fantastic fundraiser. To date, we estimate that Donn has helped to send out almost 15,000 books to local children.

One more time: 15,000 books purchased and shipped to local children.

Donn, people like you make this world a much more beautiful place. From all of us, thank you!

Folks, if you want to support an incredibly community-minded expert potter, please check out Donn Zver’s pottery studio or his School of Pottery at 2290 Hwy 5 W, Troy, Ontario.