Okay, this is a post I've been meaning to make for a while now. It's also something that's really important to me, so I hope you'll give it a read.
Right now, and probably through at least
the 25th of December, Michael's is selling 100 piece art sets
for $3.00 USD each. Some days, it's lower; some days you can get a coupon that will let you take "[some percent] Off Your Total Purchase Including Sale Items!". The regular price is $7.00 USD. The kit includes a drawing pad, but the pad in question is teeny-tiny; if you look around at drugstores, or visit whatever dollar store is near-by, you may be able to find a supplemental drawing pad that's an actual decent size, for as little as a dollar.
So, for under five dollars
, you can potentially give a child in need the following:
* A creative outlet
* A way to communicate
* Something to help them develop or refine their motor skills
* Something they can own
* A door to a world, or many worlds, that they have complete control of
This list is incomplete. I'm sure that you can think of other items that can go on it, and I'm even more sure that any child who receives such a gift can find at least as many of them on their own. Some of these benefits can last a lifetime. Something like this is a great gift for any gender and many ages, as well.
Please spread this around! I feel like it's a great way to help kids in need that not a lot of people have considered, and a very affordable one at that. Even if you personally can't afford it, spreading the word helps and is very much appreciated.
Thanks to everyone who stopped to read this, and in advance to anyone who chooses to signal boost :)
(Tumblr version is here
, for easy reblogging that way.)