We all are doing everything we can to remain safe and sane during the quarantine. Sometimes, there is somebody who truly steps up to the plate and does something memorable. One of those individuals is Chelsea Phaire, a 10-year-old girl that has already shipped more than 1500 Art kits to homeless shelters, schools affected by gun violence, foster care homes, and women shelters since the beginning of the pandemic. She has had a love of charity for quite some time, and she is dedicating her time to it.
The kits that she is sending out are full of markers, gel pens, coloring books, colored pencils, paints, and much more. It is another project for the charity that was started by Chelsea and her family, Chelsea’s Charity. The young girl, who comes from Danbury, Connecticut, started to ask her parents for permission to start a charity when she was only seven years old. She was able to finally start the charity last year, asking for supply donations instead of presents at her birthday party. She started creating art kits at that time.
Chelsea then took things to the next level by starting an Amazon Wishlist for supplies. Donations would allow them to mail out kits on a continuous basis. She is hoping to share her love of art and to show kids how therapeutic it can be to be creative. Chelsea knows this firsthand because she used art when her swim instructor was killed due to gun violence. Chelsea was only eight years old at the time.
Chelsea is now sharing what she’s learned with others. Even before the pandemic started, she would travel with her mother around the country to deliver kits and to meet the kids who received them. Chelsea would also give those kids art lessons and share some drawing tips.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she isn’t able to meet the kids face-to-face at this time. That doesn’t mean that her art kits aren’t making an impact, especially to those who are stuck at home during the pandemic. She has mailed more than 1500 kits to kids in 12 states throughout the US since March.
“I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” shared Chelsea. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”
These kits provide a smile to children who are going through a difficult time. Stacy DeWitt is the executive director of James Storehouse, a nonprofit that helps foster care kids. She was thrilled when they got the kits. “When a child or youth enters foster care, they usually have no belongings of their own. It’s been a great addition to be able to offer the art kits, so the children and youth have a creative outlet to process their emotions during this traumatic time in their lives.”
Stacy says that they are even needed more at this time since schools are closed. “It gives the children and teens a fun creative outlet to channel their energy because they can’t be in the classroom right now,” she says. “Chelsea’s kits have been a blessing to many children in hard places and have brought them joy.”
Chelsea’s Charity has sent out more than 1500 Art kits to kids in need during the pandemic.
She started making the kits in 2019 to help kids use art as a therapeutic outlet. She is only 10 years old.
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