hello blood donors!

On Sunday July 28, our art studio was transformed for a unique event. The easels and paint – gone.  The paper and clay – gone.  Summer camp and birthday party supplies – also gone.  All were moved out of the way so that the American Red Cross could set up their equipment for a blood drive.

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“This was our first blood drive and we were thrilled with the way it turned out,” said Donna Bernstein (our CEO here at The Messy Artist).  “We moved to this location in East Hanover last summer and have been wanting to do a blood drive ever since. It was fantastic to see our students’ families and the community come in and be so generous to donate blood.”

Donna Bernstein of The Messy Artist with Jen Rosenblatt of Philly Pretzel Company of Livingston
Donna Bernstein of The Messy Artist with Jen Rosenblatt of Philly Pretzel Company of Livingston

Donors came from all over the local area to donate: Millburn (Bernstein’s home town), Parsippany, Summit, Bloomfield, Chatham, Nutley, East Hanover and Orange were a few of the towns represented.

Instructor Anthony donating blood
Instructor Anthony donating blood

“We put out art supplies so kids could be entertained while their parents donated blood, and local merchants donated coupons so that we were able to provide a gift bag to each donor.  Godfather’s Brick Oven Pizza and Philly Pretzel Factory of Livingston each donated food for today, so the donors had a nice meal or snack to enjoy after giving blood, ” added Donna.

One of our students and her dad before he donated blood
One of our students and her dad before he donated blood

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We host community service events every season.  In June, we held a drop-in and play fundraiser for one of our students and kidney disease research (see hello Savannah!).  To learn more about upcoming community service projects, please check back.   We are finalizing details for book drive in September, so stay tuned!

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Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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