I came across this good-deed story on the Covenant House website (it’s a charity I’m happy to support, they give shelter, counselling and other services to homeless youth).
This fundraising project is an admirable one on its own, but the fact that a 12-year-old was behind it particularly warmed my heart.
Twelve-year-old Alex brought her hand-cut paper snowflakes and the $600 she raised to help homeless youth at Covenant House this winter.
Like most kids, Alex looks forward to revelling in mounds of fresh-fallen snow. But she knows young people trying to survive on the street without warm clothes or shelter dread the winter weather. Alex wanted to use her talent to make a difference for homeless youth.
She started working on her snowflake fundraiser last summer. Then she took her project to an elementary school where she showed Grades 4 and 5 students how to make the intricate patterns.
Alex and her mom were able to get permission from the Bay-Adelaide Centre to set up demonstrations of the classic holiday craft. They distributed her more than 300 snowflakes to passersby for donations during the three-day drive earlier this month.
“I was very proud that I was able to use this craft to help those in need,” Alex says.
The budding artist and philanthropist now plans a book on how to make hand-cut snowflakes that will include samples of her work.
P.S. Love this Leonard Cohen song sung in beautiful harmony. Enjoy!