Compassion can be a difficult topic for kids to understand. I am no expert for sure but I do want my kids to have a sense of empathy so I talk with them about others who are sick, who are facing hard times or who are less fortunate. We try to teach the kids about paying it forward too.
Through the fabulous efforts of Kidz b Kidz, our children can now use their artwork to make a difference in the lives of other children.
Kidz b Kidz is a non-profit organization which takes artwork donated by kids and turns it into designs that cheer up sick children at the hospital, making their days a little brighter. At Children’s Hospital Boston you will currently find Kidz b Kidz designs on tray covers, cups, plates and other products. In addition, Kidz b Kidz is working on a line of scrubs, johnnies, sheets and room dividers that will be in hospitals soon.
Kidz b Kidz also has t-shirts, toddler clothing and ceramics available for purchase on their website. Proceeds go to Children’s Hospital Boston and to the funding of Kidz b Kidz educational programs.
The organization was co-founded by Nancy Corderman and Jan Weinshanker. With successful careers in fine arts and textile design they decided to use their skills to empower kids and show them that they have the power to make a difference.
So, how can your kids participate? They can start by creating their own masterpieces at art parties which can be held at schools, community centers or other venues. The parties are typically organized through Kidz B Kidz staff and volunteers known as the Kidz b Kidz “Young Entrepreneurs”. At these parties, kids dive into the art supplies and create their best work. They also learn about what happens to their drawing once it leaves their hands, and how their creation ultimately helps children who are sick. The designs are then uploaded to their site and become available for purchase with the proceeds from the sale benefitting sick children. If your child is interested in having an art party, you can find out all the information here: http://www.kidzbkidz.org/awareness2.html.
Their wonderful mission of empowering kids to help others has garnered a lot of celebrity support. Rowan Henchy, daughter of Brooke Shields, has created her own Kidz b Kidz design along with Abigail Breslin. (You can see their designs above.) Lee Eisenberg, former series writer for NBC’s The Office along with cast members have become involved in the organization’s success as has Gary Pihl (guitarist for the rock band Boston) and many more big names in the entertainment world.
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