At just seven years old, Dallas native Gia Woodrum is already making the rest of us look bad in the most awesome way possible. This young lady sells her art online to raise money for the homeless, buying them clothes and supplies, making their lives a littler easier.
What’s more, her art is kind of amazing, blending bright colors and unusual materials into bold collages. Think about the pop artist Basquiat, but with more attitude and an earlier bedtime. “I get my materials everywhere, like from the house or the hardware store or the craft store. I like spray paint the most because I love to spray it everywhere.”
It all started on a chilly night in Dallas, when a shivering beggar caught Gia’s eye and she decided to buy him a jacket. Suddenly, a light bulb went off in her head. “I used to do drawings and sell them to people during my Mom’s soccer games to get money for candy and toys.”
Yup, she already had proven fundraising experience. She repurposed her old business model, but instead of selling art for candy, she would use her creative thunder to help the homeless, beginning with that very same shivering beggar. “I gave him a coat and a backpack with gloves, socks, shoes, toothpaste and an umbrella,” she says. “His name was Ed, and he said thank you.”
That was just the beginning. Gia now surrounds herself with paint, creating the art she loves with the purpose of doing as much good as she can. “I want to help homeless people so that they can have a better life.”
So far, Gia’s project has bought 15 jackets, seven pairs of boots, 15 blankets, 30 pairs of socks, and much more. It’s a tremendous amount of relief for struggling individuals who endure life in the streets, and it’s all coming from one tiny little girl with a giant heart.
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