Kids’ Art Against AIDS
Pictures of rainbows, fish, rocket ships, and monsters were all the rage last month at the corner of Pine and View streets. That’s because three McKinney children were holding a weekend art sale to raise money for Project Brave Heart, an organization that provides meals to people with AIDS.
Eight-year-old Elizabeth Watts her brother Daniel Watts, 7 and their friend Esther Clarke, 8 collected $55.80 by selling their own paintings and drawings.
“This was their idea”, said Elizabeth and Daniel’s mom, Helen Watts. “They realized they didn’t need the money as much as other people who don’t have as much as they do.”
“Esther knows people who are HIV-positive. The kids know about AIDS,” added Maria Clarke, Esther’s mom. “It meant a lot to them to know they raised enough money to buy 15 meals. It became a lot more real, too, when they visited Project Brave Heart” which provides home-delivered hot meals and groceries to 2,000 McKinney region men, women, and children each week. “Esther talked about how she could fit into one of the cooking bins! And I thought it is a great idea. We have joined the Project by all our family, supporting people in need”.
A battery-operated “spin art” machine was in operation at the sale site, to allow other neighborhood kids to make a few masterpieces of their own.
“We think these children are masterpieces”, said Project Brave Heart Executive Director Robert Wright. “It’s wonderful how may people from all ages and walks of life are helping people in their community who have AIDS. It is truly fascinating to see the community work together connected with one common noble goal”.