I'm honored to share the efforts of Art Feeds Moore in their attempt to bring healing to the children that lived through the devastating tornadoes that struck Joplin, MO two years ago and Moore, OK last week. If you've been looking for a special way to help this community rebuild, this may be it.
In Joplin following the tornado in 2011, Art Feeds programs were and are still instrumental in helping the children of Joplin dance, draw, paint, sculpt, design and heal past the horrific trauma they had faced. We are now looking to to the same for the children in Moore, OK.
You see, we always said we were thankful that our tornado hit on a Sunday and the kids weren't in school, our hearts were devastated that Monday, May 20th, as we watched the elementary schools of Moore get hit. We are mobilized to do anything we possibly can to help. To date, Art Feeds has impacted 14,500 children with our free therapeutic art and creative education programs, reaching over 3,000 children in 13 schools and 3 children's organizations weekly in Joplin.
We have committed to bringing these same programs to Moore to help the little ones heal from the tremendous trauma they have faced and will continue to face following this disaster. At the launch of our programs we give each child an art pack filled with all the essential supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, a sketchbook and in the case of the Moore students, super hero capes. These art packs will provide comfort for students who have lost everything, allow them to express themselves and the capes will help them feel invincible in a world that seems like it is falling apart.
I love that this non-profit is meeting needs on an emotional level as children and families adjust to the loss of everything that made life normal for them. It's my hope that the creative online community can see the value in this important work and help provide art packs and other supplies that can play such a big role in the healing process for these kids.
Please feel free to contribute above as well as spread the word about what Art Feeds is doing to help the children in Moore, OK.