Bringing Joy to Children and Staff at Chambliss Shelter

by Stephanie Goins on June 29, 2012

Michael Goins and his mother Jean Goins

Recently we had the opportunity to give back to a wonderful cause, we jumped at it! The project at the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter (CH/CS) started with a simple suggestion from Jean Goins, mother to Michael Goins, My Wonderful Walls owner. Jean is an employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and when she heard that the Tennessee Health Foundation, which is part of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Tennessee, was going to donate some money and volunteer time to the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter, a light bulb popped in her head and she immediately contacted us about painting a mural in there.

We thought it was a great idea too, and leaped at the chance to volunteer some of our time, along with our fellow volunteers, Adrian and Isaac. Donating our professional mural painting skills and materials were nothing in return for the joy we knew the art would bring to the kids that the shelter works with. We would also like to thank the half dozen Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers who graciously helped out with the mural too.

We chose to paint our “Forest Friends” wall mural. We did this because this forest theme is the perfect way to help take the children’s minds off of the day-to-day stress of their parents’ or single parent’s crazy work schedules including late shifts or overnight shifts. Even if for a couple minutes, the children could observe the whimsy of the forest animals such as foxes and turtles, and they could count the leaves and flowers on the painted trees and look at the details of the painted mushrooms. As we were painting the mural, our team could only imagine the children’s smiles and laughs when they lose themselves in the magical forest and have a couple of moments of relaxation and fun at the center.

The project was a success, not only because it brought together all of us volunteers, but because it really got to the heart of why we do what we do here at My Wonderful Walls. Sure, we are passionate about art and creativity and about everything that goes along with imaginative play and experiences, but more than that we are passionate about family and about children. The chance to give back so directly to an organization that is helping kids each and every day was definitely a blessing – one that we will not soon forget, either.

We would like the thank the wonderful people at the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield who helped us paint the mural. Most importantly, I would like to my Mother-in-Law, Jean, because without her none of this would have been possible. Thank you all so very much!

If you would like to use our products in a community outreach project on your own town, please let us know, as we love to hear how people have used our stencils and stickers to bless others and to make the world around them a little more beautiful and fun.

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