Robert: 10 year old sends 1500 art kits to kids in foster care and homeless shelters
A 10 year old in Danbury, Connecticut is on a mission to cheer up kids in foster care and homeless shelters who may be feeling down during the pandemic.
Chelsea Phaire has sent more than 1500 art kits containing markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, and gel pens to kids across the U.S. with the help of Chelsea’s Charity, an organization founded by Chelsea and her parents.
“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Chelsea’s mom says. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”
The charity launched on Chelsea’s birthday, where she asked party guests to donate art supplies instead of getting her birthday gifts. From there, Chelsea set up a wishlist on Amazon full of art supplies. When they collect enough supplies, the kits get sent out.
“Art therapy is being prescribed a lot more to support the mental health of young kids, especially those with social and emotional deficiencies,” Chelsea’s mom, an early childhood education professor and former teacher, explains. “Now with Covid-19, a lot of kids in shelters and also children in foster homes might not have access to art supplies they usually find in school.”