Fenton, MI (April 2, 2019)
Creativity Can Change the World
Creativity has many benefits like freedom of expression, and opening doors to new opportunities. Kim Bonner, a Fenton, Michigan artist, generously chooses to use her creativity to help benefit girls in foster care. Bonner has a passion for using artwork to help others. She created and self-published her first coloring book in 2015.
In a significant burst of creativity Bonner recently produced a coloring workbook with journal prompts for young women including those in foster care. A foster care program director and school counselor inspired her to create exercises, stress relief tips, and journal prompts for each page. The workbook is called, “Courageous Coloring”.
According to KVC Health Systems (2018), “On any given day nearly 428,000 children are in foster care. They range from infants to 18 years old, and even up to 21 years old in the states that have extended foster care.” A 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated. “Nearly three quarters (71%) of U.S. states have reported an increase in the numbers of children entering foster care from 2014-15.”
Many kids who enter foster care arrive with a limited amount of personal items. Bronner has given and continues to give out free copies of her Courageous Coloring book to non-profit organizations. They create welcome bags with pajamas, toiletries, and other essentials for a child’s first night in foster care.
Making a Positive Change
Bonner’s coloring workbooks are not exclusive to foster care. Topics include: setting goals, dreaming about the future, dealing with stress, and celebrating our differences. These workbooks provide stress-relieving strategies to help young girls feel positive about themselves. For the foster care girls, it helps them to process and cope with their feelings during a difficult time in their lives.
“When 7 out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, positive messages matter.”
You can help Bonner spread positive messages to young women and continue her charity efforts with foster care girls. With each workbook purchased, more coloring workbooks go to girls in foster care! Give a gift that might impact a young girls life in a remarkable way. To purchase books follow the link to Bonner’s website Make Lovely Things.