The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held an afternoon art event at the Ronald McDonald House East near Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg FL on Friday, December 14, 2018. AAFH provided oil-based paints, paint brushes and mixed media paper for the children and their family members to create Christmas themed art. The art supplies were provided by Judy Goral-Artist from Lemont, IL.

We met Karen Matthews, House Manager, and several teens, young children and family members who were eager to participate in the art activity to create fun Christmas art. We also delivered a supply of Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to the RMH East for the benefit of the children and families currently staying and for those to come.

Regardless of age or talent level, all had a lot of fun interacting with each other and otherwise expressing their individual styles of creativity. This is exactly what we are so happy to do at each of our art events in keeping with Alyssa’s passion for art as well as the needs of the young patients to share their joy and love for life.

After the art event, each participant received a gift of one of the SAKs.We are glad to have had this opportunity to hold this art event and provide these gifts to the children especially during this time of the year.Our intent is to bring them a bit of hope and joy through this Christmas season.