PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On Chelsea Phaire’s 10th birthday last August, she launched her own charity, called Chelsea’s Charity.
With the help of her family in Connecticut, she packs up kits of art supplies and sends them to kids across the country — including Philadelphia — so they can use art as a form of therapy.
“Crayons, colored pencils, markers, gel pens, smocks, canvases, paint and paintbrushes,” she said.
She sends the art packages to children in shelters, foster care or hospitals — “kids who have been through traumatic experiences and events.”
Chelsea came up with the idea when she was just 5.
“Every month, she would ask when can we start Chelsea’s Charity,” recalled her mother, Candace. “She gave her tooth fairy money, her birthday money, her allowance.”
The 10-year-old knows how therapeutic art can be. Her swim coach was tragically shot and killed.
“I was devastated and I turned to art the entire time,” she said.
Since the official launch of her charity, they have distributed about 2,500 art kits — 1,500 during the coronavirus pandemic alone. So far, they’ve shipped to 14 states.
“She has a goal to send kits to every single state,” added Candace.
Chelsea’s only regret is naming the charity after herself, since it is a family-wide effort. “It’s more like Phaire Family Charity,” she said.
Still, she’s learned that age won’t stop her from making a difference in her community and beyond.
“We can do anything as long as we put our minds to it.”