From Managing Director Sara Nephew, dropping off Creative Art Kits
with “Mr. Kyle” Frederickson, Youth & Outreach Director
Even under the best of circumstances, it can be a challenge to find fun and affordable cures for the summertime blues. If parents work all day or struggle to make ends meet, the challenges become even greater.
WBCA recognized that many children in the community may not have their own art supplies, and responded by delivering Creative Art Kits. These kits included a sketchbook, full-sized colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, and drawing prompts. We encouraged children to express the best, most loving parts of themselves and suggested that when they need hope and comfort, they use their kits to color a world so bright and happy that their pages come to life.
Two thousand Creative Art Kits were delivered to local non-profit organizations, including: Solid Ground, Mahtomedi Adventure Club, MIGIZI, The Community Resource Center at St. Andrew’s, YMCA, White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf, and White Bear Lake Extended Day. Kids who missed out on end-of-year school celebrations used the sketchbooks as makeshift yearbooks; they signed each other’s and drew pictures to remember their summer 2020. White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf distributed the Creative Art Kits at four free farmers market locations, which was a nice added bonus to their fresh produce.
Because of the generous support from individuals like you, WBCA was able to reach 2,000 children when they needed it most during this summer of pandemic. It is so important that we use the power we have to create and support a community that encourages their creativity and passion to make the world a better place. It makes a difference for each and every one of them.
Thank you for making that possible.
– Sara Nephew