Local art project to benefit Haiti orphanage

December 3, 2013

in Local

By Randy Kirby
Managing editor

On Tuesday morning, thirty students at Whittier High School took part in an art project designed to raise money for orphans in Haiti.

“Hearts for Haiti” is in its third year locally, with Sedalia 200, Sacred Heart, Applewood and Pettis County R-12 schools participating in student-created artwork.

All of the art created by local schools will be auctioned on Friday, March 14 at the Celebration Center, with all proceeds going to Strong Tower Orphanage in Caracol, Haiti.

According to www.strongtowerophanage.com, the organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization “dedicated to sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ with orphaned and vulnerable children.”

Lorie Holt, president of Strong Tower, explained the mission of her organization.

“It’s all about working together to care for orphans in Caracol,” Holt said. She noted that the beginnings of the project happened around five years ago. “The first orphan home for girls just opened up this past June,” she added.

“We had a Powerpoint presentation this morning, thanking them for what they’re doing. It has made a difference in the lives of the nine girls who are in care. We showed them the home (in Caracol). And the proceeds from last year’s event helped finish that home,” she said.

The girls in the new orphan home “are experiencing the blessings of family. Those of us who are involved with it have seen them move from hopelessness to hope. They’re going to school, they’re growing and their health I improving, and all those things,” she noted.

Whittier students were busy created sculptures of their hands, using cellophane tape. One student served as a hand model while another helped apply the tape, which was later removed, retaining the shaped of the posed hand. Students were assisted by local artists Melinda Moore and Krista Kempton. “They come up with these amazing ideas,” Holt said, as well as our art teachers in our local schools. Some schools asked us to bring in a project and other schools like Parkview and Washington” wanted to do their own. Holt stated she would be visiting Sacred Heart with the Hearts for Haiti project next week.

First United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart School are two of eight official partners with Strong Tower Orphanage. Other partners are located in Lee’s Summit, Mo., as well as Maine, Kansas and Nebraska. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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