- Posted October 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tell us the Good Stuff!
Helping People Never Looked so Good
- Kelly Murray, CNN iReport producer
Paper Clouds Apparel is a company that invites special needs artists to submit their artwork and they do 2 week long campaigns featuring that art on shirts, hats, totes, cards, hoodies. My son is currently a featured artist! One of the drawings is a horse. It is significant because for 15 years Logan refused to draw, paint, color, anything. One day while cleaning his room, I found a drawing of a horse on white lined paper under his pillow. I sat on the edge of his bed and cried. I later tattooed that horse onto my arm, and eventually filled my lower arm with more of his artwork. The horse has become a hit with shirt buyers, and a favorite of friends.
Not only does the artist get to see their artwork on all of these cool things, but he/she also gets to choose a charity to receive 50% of the profits made from the sales during that campaign.
Oh, did I mention that Paper Clouds also employs individuals with special needs to do all of their packing and shipping? The shirts are made of super soft materials, and have become a favorite of our friend Jeremy who is fighting cancer and cannot tolerate harsh fabrics against his skin.
Last time our campaign earned thousands of dollars that went to Windrush Farm, a therapy horseback riding farm that my son attended when he was younger. This campaign will benefit Emerie, a little girl who has lost her vision and there is a possibility of gaining her sight back.
Our co-artist is Oli, a blind girl with autism.
How incredible is it going to be when I wear my shirt with Oli's artwork, knowing that art was done by someone who has never been able to see, a portion of the money I spent will go to possibly help another little girl to see, and my shirt was packed up and shipped by some special folks who may not be working if not for this company and all they do.
It is such an honor to be part of this, and Robert Thornton, the Founder and CEO has become a friend. I would love to see this company be known to everyone all over the world. They deserve it.
- My life