Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spread the Love

Today I'm sending off this little heart to a benefit event in Josephine County, OR. The event is called Hearts and Heroes and will be selling heart art from many different artists. I was contacted via etsy because they were looking to add some more sculptural hearts to their collection.

Art Helping Others
One of my biggest reasons for pushing myself to sell my work was the hope that it could somehow benefit others. I wasn't sure how, but I wanted what I did to make a difference in the world.

My vague plan was: I would make it, others would buy it, and I'd send money to help the people who need it.

Definitely vague. What a blessing it was, a month later, to meet Raj and Juwonya, two of the individuals who run and care for the children at Mercy Orphanage in India. I love that the money I give them goes for important things, like another building so they can house more children and widows, chickens, and pillows. The necessary things in life we take for granted. I give 10% plus of my etsy sales to Mercy. Everyone who purchases from me makes that possible. Thank you!!!!

But lately I feel like I want to do a little more. So I am very excited that this opportunity came along. The fundraiser is to help children in need and those abused. Children that hurt aren't just a third world problem but are everywhere and those who give of their time and selves to save these children, to rescue them, to love them are definitely heroes to me. SO if you happen to be in the Grants Pass area of Oregon I know they'd love to have you attend this event.

PS- The heart I donated is one of my scribble hearts decorated with some of my 5-year-old son's art supplies. It needed to have something childlike and free spirited and to me that means crayons, silly straws, and paint!

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