From Goodwill Industries
The clients in the art classes made over 300 valentines; primarily from discarded-donated paper. Community Access staff then distributed them with the clients at Magnolia Health Care Center, and our drama and visual art group distributed them on Feb.15th at Eliada Home for Children.
The store staff had given the art department over 200 bottles of brown finger paint which I could not use and I had a large box of green crayons formerly donated which I had no use for so I included (with our valentines to Eliada’s 4 year olds) large sheets of paper for them to make their own tree pictures! We gave them a few other new items to supplement their project, and they were very pleased and started enjoying them right away. I am attaching a picture of one of the classrooms at Eliada.
The other Valentines were distributed to over 120 kindergartners at Black Mountain Primary School on Feb. 16 after our Music Group gave a wonderful interactive children’s performance. We also handed out samples of Braille as we discussed differences and blindness, the cut outs of Braille were from old donated Braille magazines. The children went back to their rooms and practiced writing their names in Braille (I had included Braille alphabet info. sheet for the teachers from my donated encyclopedias here in the art room).
So Id just like to say how proud I am of all of us as we work to share our talents, good ideas and resources with our community. And Id like to relay back to all our staff; administrative, CA, and store staff, the appreciation in all the children’s eyes and smiles. And, I am so grateful that our clients could experience their smiles, hugs, and applause for their hard work and goodwill.