There are many ways to help those less fortunate or in need by giving money, clothing, food, or volunteering your time. Being an artist has allowed me to give in a different way.
When Make-a-Wish of Maine was looking to raise money at their annual fundraising auction they asked me if I would help by donating artwork. So, every year for a number of years I donated remarqued Lithographs or Giclee reproductions of my paintings. The money raised from the sale of my artwork went toward helping a child’s wish come true. Jen volunteered her time with Make-a-Wish and I donated artwork. We wanted to contribute to this worthy organization and cause.
This year we were looking for a way to help veterans of our military who have sacrificed so much for all of us. We have a friend who volunteers a good bit of his free time helping wounded soldiers who have returned home and find themselves struggling to cope with their disabilities. I admire all that he is doing to help them and his generosity has inspired us to do our part to help military members and their families.
We did a little research on how we could help out and discovered a wonderful organization called Operation Homefront. They are an organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families They do this by providing short-term and critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring support programs to military families. They are a top rated charitable organization rated 4 out of 4 stars, and have a 96% rating.
After doing the research and discovering all the good they do, we approached them with the idea of donating a large number of lithograph prints for them to distribute to service members and their families and to use for fundraising purposes. They were excited about the idea and we were thrilled to be able to donate to this worthy cause. Here are a few of the donated prints.
There are many ways to help, even if you can’t spend the time to volunteer or give money. If you aren’t familiar with Operation Homefront check them out. If you can help in anyway they sure would welcome it.
As always, thank you for following my journal and for your interest in my artwork!