An Emmaus mom is urging her family and friends to grab their crayons and some construction paper and show their support for the .
Lisa Fiore has been asking everyone she knows to create artwork for the children and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School to let them know that people all over the country are “thinking about them and holding them in healing thoughts.”
And now, Fiore, mom to a second-grader at Shoemaker Elementary School, is asking the Emmaus Patch community to join the effort.
“The children and families of this community are forever changed. I would love to show support to the school from towns all over our area,” writes Fiore, who contacted Emmaus Patch through Facebook and asked for help in spreading the word about her project. “Even young children can contribute, without knowing anything other than they are drawing a picture for other children to ‘cheer them up’ or ‘make them smile.’"
Fiore’s 3-year-old son made a picture to send to Sandy Hook.
“He is so young he doesn't know about the shooting," Fiore says. "I asked him to paint a picture to make some kids that are sad right now smile. He said that a colorful moon and beautiful star make him smile so they will make other kids smile too."
Fiore says her project is a way to show kindness to Sandy Hook Elementary School and asks that the pictures simply be cheerful and have "the words ‘showing our support from (the name of your town)’ placed somewhere on the front.”
Fiore is working with a 1992 Emmaus High School graduate who lives in Newtown to distribute the artwork. The EHS grad has a daughter who attends Sandy Hook Elementary School and is safe, according to Fiore.
Fiore is collecting the artwork in batches and plans to send out the “care packages” in waves. She will be donating the postage.
“I feel like collecting artwork and sending it in larger bundles will make more of an impact and be easier for the school to handle,” explains Fiore.
Word is already getting out about Fiore’s project, and she has several items “on the way” as well as a Brownie troop creating pieces.
Those who wish to submit artwork to Fiore can email her at Lisakfiore@gmail.com to make arrangements for pick-ups/drop-offs or to get information about mailing the art to her.