Frankly my first thought was just to give her some money to bring in since we probably would have contributed anyway, but before I could offer to do so, she asked if she could have a tag sale for Oklahoma like one of her classmates was going to do. Her classmate was going to sell art projects at her tag sale to help raise money. A tag sale did not fit into our schedule and neither did a whole bunch of crafting (sadly, I am NOT that mom!), so I asked her if we could think of something else that she could do.
She could draw pictures. But would anyone buy my pictures, she asked?
Oh, I bet someone would, I said. I figured that someone would probably just be me, but that was fine, because at least she would have felt like she had done something to help.
She sat down right away and started working.
|Copying my Wilton pewter pitcher for her still-life|
|Drawing these pictures is hard work!|
It was so cute that I had to, of course, put a picture of her drawing on facebook and instagram. I mentioned what she was drawing pictures for, and within a few minutes, a few friends and relatives commented that they would like to buy one!
When I told her that people were interested in buying her pictures, I thought she was going to explode with excitement. I said she ought to draw at least 4 so that people could pick which one they like best, and if she did that, I would help her sell them. A little while later, my bloggy friend Marc said that he would purchase a digital copy if I could scan one and email it to him. What a great idea! I told her that, once she finished her pictures, I would put them online and do my part.
Well, one thing led to another because it was her birthday week, and we had lots of baseball, so it took her a little longer to finish the pictures than she had hoped. A week went by and she still hadn't finished them. I thought she had lost interest, but when I asked her if she was abandoning her project she vehemently insisted that she still really wanted to do it. I think being a very active 9 year old who can't sit for long and just got a new bike for her birthday got in the way of her good intentions for a little while, but her good intentions were most definitely still there. We reminded her that it's not enough to just say you want to help, if you don't follow through then it won't really help anyone, and a couple days later she diligently finished her pictures.
Now it was my turn, but I had a lot going on so it was hard to find the time and then it ended up being more difficult to make the digital versions made than I had anticipated. But now, as of this morning, they are ready to go! We would have liked to have them available sooner, but I'm pretty sure the folks in Oklahoma can still use our help and it's not too late. So if you would like to help support relief work in Oklahoma via a little girl's artwork, here are your choices:
|"PBJ" (This one is for people to put in their kitchen, she said.)|
Digital copies (jpeg) are $10 each. Originals are $25, first come, first serve (please contact me thru my facebook page to check availability before purchasing).
To purchase online, visit paypal ("send money to a friend") by CLICKING HERE and enter my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: there is no fee for this service if you pay out of your bank account, but paypal charges a small fee if you use your credit card.) Include a note stating which picture(s) you would like as well as the email address where you would like them sent (or your physical address, if you purchased an original). If you are local to me and would rather not use paypal, contact me and we can set something else up.
Pictures will be available for purchase through Wednesday, June 19th. After that date, I will total the funds and donate the money to Samaritan's Purse, designated for Oklahoma Relief. I will post the total amount collected, verification of the donation (for those of you who may be wondering if I am an internet scheister - hey, don't worry, I'm a skeptic too), as well as the first names of those who contributed in a follow-up post by the end of the week next week.
I will do my best to fill orders as quickly as possible, and all orders will be filled by the end of next week.
Thanks for helping a little girl see that her efforts can matter, and thanks for helping the people of Oklahoma!
(If you want more information about Samaritan's Purse and their relief work in Oklahoma and elsewhere, CLICK HERE.)