Changing Lives in Jamaica
Earlier this month, a team from the Craft & Hobby Association went to Jamaica on a seven day trip to bring art supplies and materials from Jerry's Artarama to hospitalized, poor and orphaned children. The organization, Caribbean Lifetime Missions, which seeks to fix the poverty problem in the Caribbean and parts of Africa took in the CHA team near Saint Ann's Parish. From there, the team moved from St. Ann to Bamboo and Kingston assisting with vacation bible schools and leading the children in arts and crafts.
Jerry's happily supplied the Jamaican childrenwith art supplies to let these impoverished kids explore their creativity and imaginations and have a little fun. They had an amazing time painting faces, tie-dying shirts and making other arts and crafts. Using the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Sets donated, the children had access to watercolor paints, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels. With the fun assortment of supplies, the children had no trouble expressing themselves. The kids also got to use their imaginations with hand-painted dinosaur hands with the Temporary Tattoo Hand Puppets donated.
But their hands weren't the only things painted as faces were covered to look like everything from tigers to butterflies with the Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit. Kids from vacation bible schools at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo and Majesty Transformation Fellowship in Kingston really enjoyed the products donated. One of the members of the visiting team from the Craft & Hobby Association, Adeola Ayinde, was able to give an art class for the children at Majesty Transformation Fellowship with some of Jerry's acrylic paints while managing to keep their clothes clean with First Impressions KIds Art Smocks and Brush Sets. With the few clothes these children have, it was important to us at Jerry's that these kids enjoy learning about art while keeping things clean. And at the end of the class, any remaining supplies were donated to the church so that these kids continue to express their selves through art, because even if their finances or supplies are limited, their talent is limitless.
All of the contributions of supplies made by Jerry's were made in support of the mission and encouraging youth all over the world to be able to create works of art and express themselves to make the world a better place! And if you would like more information on the trip, check out Cre8time.org.