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Holiday spirit: Red, white and blue dominate holidays color scheme

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2001

For many, this year's holiday colors are red, white and blue, and for causes related to the Sept. 11 disasters:

One of the most dazzling is the ''Stars 'n' Stripes'' glass paperweight ($99.50) from Caithness Glass, designed by Helen MacDonald. It features swirling stripes in all three colors and free-floating stars. Sales benefit the World Trade Center Relief Fund.

Phone: (800) 452-7987; http://www.caithnessglass.co.uk.

Wear your heart on your sleeve -- or your lapel. The Brave Heart pin by Swarovski ($35) has a stars and stripes design in crystals encased in a silver heart. Swarovski is making a $100,000 donation to the September 11th Fund, established by the United Way and New York Community Trust.

It's available in department stores around the nation. Phone: 1 (800) 426-3088.

Last January, Christopher Radko designed a heart-shaped, stars-and-stripes ''Braveheart'' ornament ($34), and it had already become one of his firm's best sellers. Since the Sept. 11 tragedy, he has designated profits to go to the American Red Cross in Greater New York.

Phone: (800)71-RADKO; Web: http://www.christopherradko.com.

''We Are The Eagle In The Storm'' is a painting inspired, artist D. Morgan says, by ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer's explanation on Good Morning America that the bald eagle is the only bird unafraid to fly in a storm. Morgan's painting shows the eagle in flight against background of a flying flag and firemen raising another flag. Sale of the 20- by 16-inch print ($60, or $140 framed) will benefit the NY Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. Morgan also will sell her original oil and donate its entire sale price to the fund.

Phone: (877) 210-3456; Web: mtimmcgcollections.com.

Winsome ''I Love America'' boy or girl ($188) by Reva Schick for Lee Middleton Original Dolls are babies dressed in classic denims; she wears a denim shirt covered with stars and stripes, paired with a fleecy vest; his romper sweater had a patriotic heart and slogan, ''I Love America.'' There's also a ''When I Grow Up'' firefighter doll ($198), dressed in yellow slicker and red fireman's hat. The girl or boy sales will benefit the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund; sales of the firefighter will benefit the International Association of Firefighters.

Phone: (800) 242-3285; Web: http://www.leemiddleton.com.

''Fireman'' ($350) is a character figure of an old-style fireman, designed by Adrian Hughes for Royal Doulton. Sales benefit the New York 9-11 Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund.

Phone: (800) 682-4462; Web: http://www.royal-doulton.com.

Gandalf the Magician is hoping to make money materialize for the widows and orphans of firefighters and police officers who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 disasters. They'll be beneficiaries of sale proceeds for the rest of this year from his line of magic trick items for kids. Choose Magic Cards ($5.95); the Magic Coloring Book ($15), the Magic Milk Pitcher ($29.95), or a jokey squirting cell phone ($6.95).

Phone: (800) 388-0708; Web: http://www.magic4pets.com. New York State residents should add sales tax.



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