Creating More than Art
The other week I shared the story of how Thrive International's Youth group has partnered with us in creating impact.
Today I'd like to share more insights of how we've inspired connection, empathy, and healing from past experiences.
We hosted a public packing event this summer to help us put kits together & get them ready for delivery. One young man, Aiden, was enjoying conversations with the adults surrounding him and off-handedly remarked, "I am going to make so many kids happy by doing this today!" It was a simple comment yet hearing him connect the experience he was having with empathy for others his age was a beautiful moment for us all.
Lisa, a childhood cancer survivor & frequent volunteer, told of the time her Grandma brought a bag filled with coloring books, markers, crayons, and crafts while she was hospitalized and receiving treatments, expressing "I wish I would have had something like this when I was going through my cancer! That bag my grandma brought meant so much and game me something to do".
A WSU student's experience of writing wishtags to go in our kits:
"Writing letters to kids means a lot to me as I had a time in my life where I was scared beyond belief thinking some strange thing in my body was gonna kill me while I was still a kid. Having someone care and a card to read means a lot more than most think." (Samuel)
These are simply a few of the stories that keep us going strong and remind us the importance of doing small things to help others. While our mission is supporting kids and families facing illness and hospital experiences, our passion is encouraging others to join us along the way. We not only create art, we create CONNECTIONS, EMPATHY, COMPASSION, EMPOWERMENT, and INSPIRATION through every experience and event.
With gratitude as we continue to spread love, one kit at a time~