10-Year-Old Creates Art Kits For Over 1,500 Kids In Foster Care and Homeless Shelters During Quarantine

This 10-year-old girl has turned a traumatic experience into a major triumph by bringing art to over 1,500 kids currently in foster care and homeless shelters during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Chelsea Phaire, who resides in Danbury, CT, started her own nonprofit organization, Chelsea’s Charity, with her parents back in August 2019 which supplies art kits to at-risk children. Since the charity’s inception, she has donated hundreds of art kits to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence in 12 US states. Continue reading “10-Year-Old Creates Art Kits For Over 1,500 Kids In Foster Care and Homeless Shelters During Quarantine”

This Pennsylvania Teen is Creating Care Packages for Seniors During Coronavirus Pandemic

You guys know that I love highlighting what people are doing in their communities, specifically during this time of crisis. It’s also always great to see young people out here committed to making this world a better place. That rings true of this next teen I’m featuring today.

High schooler Hita Gupta is a sophomore at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She has been creating care packages for nursing home residents in her area during this pandemic!

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Maryland Teens Created Plan to Pick Up Groceries for Seniors During Coronavirus Pandemic

The good thing about the madness behind COVID-19 is that it’s giving people an opportunity to get creative and to also show kindness to others. That case is true for these two teens in Maryland!

Matthew Casertano and Dhruv Pai, sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, have developed a service project during their time away from school to help the elderly. Their newfound organization, Teens Helping Seniors, allows volunteers to go on grocery runs or other errands for seniors who are unable to do it themselves right now. Many are aware that the pandemic is seemingly more harmful to the elderly, so it’s been advised that they stay inside. Continue reading “Maryland Teens Created Plan to Pick Up Groceries for Seniors During Coronavirus Pandemic”

Utah Neighborhood Holds Social Distancing Zumba Class

With the coronavirus spreading across the world and so many quarantined in their homes, people are getting creative when it comes to connecting with others. I know I’ve done quite a few virtual fitness classes hosted by myself and others, but I loved this one!

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Surgeon Creates Hand-drawn Bandages To Cheer Up Young Patients

I really needed some good news today. This story is several that did it for me.

Dr. Robert Parry is a pediatric surgeon at the Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. He regularly performs surgeries on children going through a variety of health problems, which can be overwhelming and traumatizing for kids and their families. However, he’s managed to turn a stressful situation into a happier occasion by using one of his other talents to make a recovering kid smile.

Dr. Parry regularly draws cartoon characters by hand on the bandages for these kids after their surgeries are over! The surgeon told InsideEdition.com that he was inspired to draw by his mother, an art historian and amateur artist, and finds it to be a small escape from reality. “I have a little bit of downtime, but I don’t want to leave the room until I know the kid is OK, so it just fills that time in perfectly,” Dr. Parry said. “It’s fun for everyone, and it’s selfishly fun for me. I love doing it. I love the reactions of the kids and parents and the staff.” 

Mom Heather Vincent was surprised to see a picture of Buzz Lightyear on her son Jackson’s belly after surgery to treat his high-risk neuroblastoma, with which Jackson was diagnosed when he was just 2 years old. She smiled at the idea, knowing how happy Jackson would be to see his favorite character when he woke up. “It was awesome,” seven-year-old Jackson said excitedly.

Over the years, Dr. Parry has drawn over 10,000 bandages in his career and is still going! He loves the thought of kids finding beauty in the midst of a hard situation. “Kids are incredibly resilient; they’re strong and they can still enjoy beautiful things, even when some stuff around them really isn’t that great,” he shared. “Children are just eternally optimistic. They’re just born that way. Things can be 90% bad in their lives and 10% good, and kids go to the 10% good. For the selfish side of me, it’s good to be around that optimism.”

This really made me smile. Something so small means so much to these kids and their families, especially with all that they’re going through. Check out more of Dr. Parry’s artwork in the clip below!