Art Supply Drive! Please lend a hand…

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The new school year is well under way, and I’m hoping you’ll help me make a difference in the lives of over 35 at-risk public school students by participating in my art supply drive!  I’ll be teaching art journaling to these children soon, and though I donate my time and some supplies, I can’t afford to provide all they need on my own.  Whether you choose to donate supplies, gift cards, or funds, all donations are both crucial and most appreciated!

Please watch this brief video to learn a bit about my program.  Just over a minute long, the video was made at the end of the last school year, and features some of the artwork from last year’s students.

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Why I Do This…

My mission is to provide as many children as I can with art journaling instruction and supplies.  Not only does this program nurture their creativity and provide art instruction that would otherwise be missing because of curriculum and budget constraints, art journaling also helps get the children excited about their overall educational experience.

And, perhaps most importantly, art journaling gives the children a constructive way to express themselves and process the world around them.  This is particularly important for these at-risk students, who are often facing the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect, exposure to gangs and drugs, and absent parents.

I, too, faced many challenges when I was a child, including abuse and poverty, and know from experience that creative self-expression can be a lifesaver.  I know that a trustworthy adult taking a special interest in you can make a big impression, and that a proverbial pat on the back can really boost one’s self-esteem.  I also know that art and writing have the power to strengthen, nourish, and heal, and hope to plant a love for art journaling and creative self-expression in the lives of as many children as I can.

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Wish List

Though donations aren’t yet tax-deductible, I hope you’ll help provide art journaling supplies for the children.  Please consider donating in one of the following ways:

Monetary Donations in any amount

Gift Cards for Michaels, Target, Big Lots, or Office Max in any amount – even “remaining amounts”, like $4.73!

Supplies – I’d love to receive the following in quantities of 45, but will happily accept whatever you’d like to send:

Glue sticks
Children’s scissors
Crayons – Crayola packs of 8
Cardstock – any color assortments welcome (12″ x 12″ or smaller)
Patterned paper – any assortments welcome (12″ x 12″ or smaller)
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Small envelopes
Paper doilies
Playing cards in different designs, shapes and colors
Mini ink pads – assorted colors
Loteria packs (Mexican Bingo)
Pencils – unsharpened
Ballpoint Pens
Stickers
Alphabet stickers
Glassine envelopes
Ribbon – at least ½” wide, please
Die cut shapes
Cancelled postage stamps
Fabric – fat quarters or other smaller pieces, please

You may also send assorted arts and craft supplies, which will be put into a “mush pot” for the classroom teacher and children to pull from!

Donation Deadline

Though I accept donations on an ongoing basis, I’d love to receive donations for this year’s class by November 6, 2011.  This will allow me enough time to shop for the remaining items I need and assemble the packs for the students before heading into the classroom.

Please contact me through this site’s contact page if you would like to donate and/or have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!

Warm regards,
Melody

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm by Barbara | Permalink

    These children are so fortunate to have you there for them. I love childrens art.

  2. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Barbara,
    Thank you. Aren’t you sweet? It’s my pleasure to help the children. It fills my heart with joy to see their enthusiasm and excitement, and they do such great work!
    Melody

  3. Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:46 am by Debbie | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful update on your Art Supply Drive, Melody. You have a heart of gold…sharing your time, talents & supplies with these kids. I blogged about your Art Supply Drive this morning…so hopefully that will increase the results of your supply drive.
    Much love to you, my dear…
    Debbie
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  4. Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    It’s my pleasure, and I thank you for your support! One of the gals from your charm group has already offered to send supplies – woo hoo! Thanks again for helping me to spread the word…
    Melody

  5. Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:41 am by Cheap Joe's Art Stuf | Permalink

    Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff has a program near and dear to our hearts. It’s called Brushes for Vincent. Especially geared towards budding artists, Brushes for Vincent allows any children’s non-profit organization or children’s charitable group to annually make written requests to receive free art stuff to benefit the children. For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/nfz432

  6. Posted October 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Cheap Joe’s,
    Thank you for letting me know about your Brushes for Vincent program. I’ll be sure to check it out!
    Melody

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