What started as a classroom donation drive turned into a worldwide project delivering color to kids in need – and it all started because of a 10-year-old girl.
One of Bethany Kuster’s favorite hobbies is drawing – so when she heard about a 4th grade class in Alabama that only had one box of crayons for all of their students, she was appalled.
With the help of her brothers, she created a presentation for her own classroom at Wind Gap Middle School explaining that if they all gathered art supplies of their own, they could help out their southern neighbors.
“Bethany loves art, and will tell anyone who will listen, how important it is for kids to be able to express their feelings through art, so she hatched an idea,” Bethany’s mom Rachel Kuster told the Good News Network.
Bethany started visiting inner city schools in New York and Philadelphia to personally hand out art supplies to kids who didn’t have any of their own. The supplies were theirs to keep, to take home, and have as their own property. This was a big first for many of the children, especially those in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and inner city family temporary housing. She also has gotten other children involved in the charity.
Thanks to the kids, more than 100,000 crayons have been delivered to 3,000 less fortunate children–with even more on the way. Her nonprofit, Color For Kids, was just recently approved as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS over the summer.
“Schools as far away as Florida are asking to start Color for Kids in their schools,” says Rachel. “It has been unbelievable to see the amount of support she has been given, the number of times people have simply said yes to the dreams of a ten year old.”
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