It’s my first day back in the blogging world after quite the European hiatus.
And I am honored and humbled to write about something today that is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons.
First, let me introduce Art Feeds. Meg, (the founder) and I know each other because we run in the same friend circles. And, although we don’t “know” each other, I feel confident in saying this is one selfless, amazing woman. Meg founded art feeds at the age of 19. Yes, 19. And continues to work to expand her non-profit company to reach out to more and more children. Art Feeds provides healing to children who have faced any kind of trauma using painting, drawing, music, photography, and art.
What an incredible idea.
I can just imagine the healing, the laughter and the complete joy they get to experience because of this amazing program.
When Meg reached out to me, I knew that I wanted to share Art Feeds with you all. Amidst the fun clothes and outfit posts, there are more important things to write about.
And this is one of them.
God has specifically placed children on my heart. They hold a very special place, and programs like Art Feeds and people like Meg make my heart swell with joy.
Now, lets get to the real nitty gritty.
As many of you know, terrible tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma the past few weeks. Growing up in Arkansas, I have experienced several of these dangerous storms. And it can quickly become a very scary and devastating situation to be in.
With Art Feeds operating in the heart of Oklahoma, they have been quick to respond to the needs of the people effected by this awful tornado season.
Following the tornado in 2011, Art Feeds programs were and are still instrumental in helping the children of Joplin dance, draw, paint, sculpt, design and heal past the horrific trauma they had faced. They are now looking to do the same for the children in Moore, OK. To date, Art Feeds has impacted 14,500 children with their free therapeutic art and creative education programs, reaching over 3,000 children in 13 schools and 3 children’s organizations weekly in Joplin.
They are committed to bringing these same programs to Moore to help the little ones heal from the tremendous trauma they have faced and will continue to face following this disaster. At the launch of their programs, they give each child an art pack filled with all the essential supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, a sketchbook and in the case of the Moore students, super hero capes. These art packs will provide comfort for students who have lost everything, allow them to express themselves and the capes will help them feel invincible in a world that seems like it is falling apart.
This, my friends, is where you come in.
We live in a fast paced, material ridden world.
And sometimes it’s easy to forget to slow down and pay attention to what really matters.
If it is on your heart to help these families and children who have lost everything (and there are many, trust me) this is an amazing cause to give to.
An art pack costs $10. Just $10 to provide the first steps of healing for a child.
Art Feeds is raising funds here:
And asking for supplies in partnership with Do Something (all specifics) here:
I love that this organization is helping children and families in need of not just building a new life, but repairing and rebuilding emotional stability and healing.
It is my hope that you will feel the need to help as I have.
Feel free to also spread the word about this incredible program.