Keeping kids entertained during lockdown is hard enough even when your house is full of screens, toys, and snacks. For kids that don’t have access to that, and have been home from school for weeks, the challenge gets even more difficult. And it’s one being addressed by one 10-year-old girl from Connecticut, who has used birthday money and other donations to buy supplies to create art kits to send to homeless shelters and foster kids around the country.
So far, the young girl, Chelsea, has sent more than 1,500 art kits to kids since the start of the pandemic. In an interview, she said she wants to give kids an uplifting activity and that her goal is to “meet every kid in the entire world and give them art.”
“My dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art.” This girl has sent over 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes art kits to give them an uplifting activity for when they’re feeling down during the pandemic. https://t.co/cGtthx3X5U pic.twitter.com/2yr64uIJjo
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 22, 2020
The kits include markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, and glue, and have been sent to shelters and organizations around the country, on behalf of the charity she started (with her parents’ help, of course).
The efforts are building on something she started less than a year ago after she had guests at her birthday parties bring art supplies instead of gifts. She sent her first art kits to a homeless shelter in New York. Shortly after that, her family set up an Amazon wish list for others who wanted to donate supplies to help build the kits.
Next set of art kits I made 4 kids went out 2 shelters & foster care sites in California, Detroit & D.C.!
Glad 2 support kid’s #mentalhealth thru art! Thank U 2 everyone 4 your donations 2 help us get more art 2 kids in need. Link in my bio 2 help #art #fostercare #BlackGirlsRock pic.twitter.com/AapQmP6vxr
— Chelsea’s Charity (@CharityChelseas) May 2, 2020
Her efforts have gone viral since the start of the pandemic, with coverage from a handful of media outlets, including several national news shows. She told NBC’s Lester Holt she wants to “inspire kids to make a difference” and the 10-year-old Chelsea continues to make art kits with the donations coming in.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! I made another 100 art kits 4 kids & mailed them out thanks 2 your donations encouragement! I love that we can all be part of this together! ❤🎨 #chelseascharity #ArtIsAStart #artlife #goodnews #mentalhealth #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic #art #helpinghand pic.twitter.com/S2WlzKkicr
— Chelsea’s Charity (@CharityChelseas) May 28, 2020
She told CNN she’s happy to help kids during this hard time.
“I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits.”
If you want to help Chelsea in her quest to encourage kids’ artistic side during the lockdown, you can donate to her cause by visiting the website.