Nothing to sneeze at: Two Salinas girls are finalists in national tissue-box design contest

Source: The Californian | January 10, 2014

Two Salinas girls are among 14 finalists in a national tissue-box design contest. If they are chosen as two of three winners, their victories will pump up to $30,000 into the local Children’s Miracle Network.

Liliana Cervantes, 9, and Jeanette Jimenez, 12, were chosen from more than 250 entries received by White Cloud, a paper products company sponsoring the event. Both girls picked in the Pacific Region previously visited Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital’s Pediatrics Center, according to Karin Rusk, spokeswoman for SVMH. Liliana underwent some testing, said her mother, Nancy.

Jeanette’s younger brother was treated for a staph infection in October, said mother Gabriela Lopez.

The contest theme was “Draw what you love most about school.”

Jeanette attends Washington Middle School. Her design is a crayon-colored scene in a laboratory featuring a scientist, butane burner and beaker.

Liliana attends Lincoln Elementary School. Her design depicts a school playground at recess with kids, swings and a volleyball court (her favorite sport).

The contest is driven by the number of votes each entry receives online. Both Liliana and Jeanette are spreading the word among family and friends through social media. They are urging the Salinas public to vote for their designs, shown on the White Cloud Facebook page. Voting closes Jan. 31.

“We’re thrilled that Liliana’s and Jeanette’s box designs are being recognized nationally and encourage all community members to vote for their designs,” said Melissa Gross, Children’s Miracle Network director for SVMH.

“If selected as a winner, White Cloud’s generous donation will directly impact the care our hospital provides to children every day. To have the designs of two children representing our hospital is a particularly special honor.”

In June, the top three design winners will be announced. Each will win $15,000 for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals — SVMH, in the girls’ case. The winning designers’ artwork will also be printed on special edition boxes of White Cloud’s new facial tissues.

In addition, White Cloud will donate $15,000 to a local Children’s Miracle Network near the Walmart store that sells the most special edition tissue boxes.

White Cloud is also granting a one-year supply of its products to the top three design winners and their immediate families.