Squatters Craft Beers hosted a do-goodery happy hour on Wednesday, November 20, during which volunteers joined Can’d Aid in assembling art kits for children in foster care and youth recently removed from their homes. 

While volunteers sipped Squatters beers, they assembled 200 art kits for donation to Utah Foster Care, an organization based on developing innovative strategies to help recruit, train and retain foster families. Utah Foster Care’s vision is for children who must spend time out-of-home to have “safe, loving, and stable homes until they can be reunited with their families or placed in a permanent adoptive home.”

“Engaging with an art project can help a child get creative, learn something new and be inspired,” said Can’d Aid Director Diana Ralston. “Art benefits all kids, but especially kids who are going through a trying time, who may be able to better process their emotions and find self-confidence and comfort in art.”

Kits included a paint set, a drawing pad, markers, chalk, crayons, and pencils provided by Can’d Aid, an organization that spreads grass-roots, people powered do-goodery nationwide, and focuses on four main initiative areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama. Volunteers were encouraged to include an inspiring message.

If you missed the event but you’d still like to help get art kits into the hands of deserving kids, you can sponsor an art kit for $11. Your donation will provide a child in foster care with a creative outlet. Please consider donating here: http://bit.ly/2UOaqEG 

Stuart
Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.

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