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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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!