Our August local charity spotlight is Simply Amazing. Simply Amazing Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 and is inspired by the positive creative energy of Emily Smith. The mission of Simply Amazing (SA) is to provide art and craft supplies that inspire creativity and empower deserving children.
Simply Amazing gives the gift of a Simply Amazing Creative Box (“SACB”) to children who live in temporary housing or foster care, or participate in youth at-risk programs. Each SACB is for a child’s personal use and includes art and creative supplies that are safe and easy to use, along with information and guided activities to stimulate creativity and imagination.
There are countless programs that serve at-risk youth in Central Florida. Although homelessness in Florida has decreased in the past 10 years, Florida still ranks 5th in the nation for homeless families. Central Florida has at least 6 homeless shelters for families with children. The Coalition for the Homeless, located in downtown Orlando, serves about 140 children, with their families, each night. The average age of a child at the Coalition is just 7 years old. One foster care program in the area is The Children’s Home Society of Orlando and they serve approximately 6,000 children in their counseling and foster care programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida sees more than 15,000 children walk through their doors for their daily programs.
Children who are thrust into unfamiliar living arrangements or stressful home life situations are powerless to change their circumstances. The Coalition for the Homeless reports that, “homeless children often struggle with self-esteem issues, as many have been exposed to tragedy and abuse, and they desperately need opportunities to express themselves in a positive way”. Established entities such as religious outreach programs, community centers, homeless shelters, food banks, government programs, as well as other philanthropic organizations, all provide some aspect of youth development and basic needs, however, to our knowledge, there currently are no charitable organizations specifically focused on enriching the lives of at-risk youth through the distribution of personal art and creative supplies.
Researchers have found that art for kids promotes confidence, creativity, problem solving skills, patience and determination. Therapists feel that art is valuable for children as it helps them process and deal with scary emotions in a safe way. (1) Simply Amazing will supply the creative tools, instructions, and encouragement for these children to artistically express themselves and provide a respite from their current situations.
Simply Amazing is distinctive in the marketplace by putting the art and creative resources directly in the hands of children, not to share, but to have something they can call ‘my own’, Simply Amazing Creative Box.
Their 2019 goal is to distribute 1,000 Simply Amazing Creative Boxes to Central Florida nonprofits that serve children who live in temporary housing or foster care, or participate in youth at-risk programs. As of June 15, 2019, we will have distributed 905 SACB. Our recipients are Foundation for Foster Children, Children’s Home Society, The Faine House, Orlando Children’s Church, Orlando Day Nursery, Small Steps for Compassion, and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida.
Organize a Supply Drive
Support the simply amazing cause by having your business or school conduct a simply amazing supply drive. collect new or gently used art and craft supplies and a simply amazing ambassador will arrange for pick-up.
Host a box packing party
Party for a cause - host a simply amazing box packing party with friends and family at your home, school, or office. a simply amazing ambassador will deliver all the box contents, lead the packing activity, and take away the finished boxes.
Become an Ambassador
Volunteer to pick-up supply drive donations or lead a box packing party. Spread the word about simply amazing. -share and like our Facebook and Instagram pages and talk about them to your friends and family.
We will be collecting donations at our August 21st Girls Night Out Networking Social. Here are a list of items that are needed:
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