This new initiative is designed to benefit the children (ages up to 15) in Columbus homeless shelters and is the brainchild of BBC Board member, Becky Swift.
This broad-based initiative is planned to include in-shelter art instruction and activities, story time & snacks by adult volunteers; an “Art Buddies” program involving student volunteers from CSU and area High Schools; and an “Art Bag” gift to every child entering the shelters
Highlights: The Art Bag gift phase of KTA will be implemented this month to 48-50 United Way children now residing in area shelters. Each child will receive their own BBC art bag filled with crayons, Bartlett Center pencil, coloring books, watercolor sets, washable markers, stickers play – dough, etc. and perhaps a stuffed animal to cuddle while at the shelter.
Goals of the program: Show kindness and attention to these underprivileged children (ages up to 15 years old) while promoting the many benefits of art; build confidence in the minds of the child while having fun learning, and provide some relief to struggling mothers in the shelter.
Class times: to be determined.
Expenses to support the annual number of gift bags needed will be covered through the sale of Art Bag donation cards which can be given to friends and family.
Donation amounts: $10/Art Bag, $20/ Art Bag with a stuffed animal.