“Labor of Love” Ornaments Gifted to Meals on Wheels
An extraordinary young artist is making a difference during the holiday season, one ornament at a time. Alayna Brown, a high school senior with plans to pursue nursing, collaborated with her mother to share their “Labor of Love” project with the Meals on Wheels program. Over 88 handmade ornaments, packaged with treats in gift bags, were delivered to Carol Rupp with Meals on Wheels. These delightful bits of holiday cheer will be delivered to recipients of the program, along with their meals.
This isn’t the first time Alayna has shared her love of art with the community. Nancy Raia, ESAC Outreach Director, has worked with Alayna and her mother for several years in conjunction with the National Charity League, a mother-daughter service league. “Alayna and Renee Vroman Brown have been a wonderful hardworking team, creating art for several groups. We have made decorative cigar boxes for the Haven, prepped canvases for the Exceptional Foundation, painted rocks of encouragement for Cancer patients, and completed “Heart Art” for National Heart Health month.”
In an effort to reduce health risks while her father undergoes chemotherapy, Alayna has taken a brief break from monthly service club meetings. But she has not taken a break from community service! Nancy states “She started making ornaments at home and sent me a picture of about ten and asked what she could do with them. I loved them and suggested Meals on Wheels! I am so proud of her self-directed project.” The community and ESAC applauds Alayna, an artist with a heart for service, and her wonderful family.