Morris Township is your typical New Jersey town: There’s a fire department and a police department; there’s a medical center, and fun stores, and lively restaurants. Thanks to the work of a 11-year-old artist and super creative girl—since the pandemic hit in March, frontline staff in the area have been finding some very special items outside such places of work.
These ‘Flags of Gratitude’ are all made by Callie Danysh. She paints the image for every flag or tile herself, and adds inspirational messages of support and appreciation on each one—so essential workers can know just how grateful we all are for the work they’re doing.
Callie has been leaving no stone unturned in her bid to ‘honor a hero.’ Around Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris Township, staff and volunteers at local businesses and organizations have all been finding Flags of Gratitude dedicated to them.
So far, Callie has made an incredible 2,000 flags to encourage and uplift others—all of which can be seen on the Flags of Gratitude Facebook page. The list of heroes Callie is honoring with her art continues to expand.
This November 11, with a little help from some Sharpie markers and paint pens, she’s been honoring former service personnel by making special flags to place outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars site in Morris Plains.
Last month, she also made flags for Morristown’s Army and Navy Recruiting Center. As part of her project, Callie is raising money for others: In July, she made $1,000 for HelpMorrisNow, which helps get food and clothing to local people in need.
Now she’s raising money for Good Grief, an organization that helps families going through loss, and Hubert’s Animal Welfare. Essentially, she’s doing whatever it takes to give back to the community.
It makes me feel really good because I enjoy spreading kindness to people.Callie
The designs of the 11-year-old artist are being printed on 9-inch photo tiles so people can donate to the charity and have a keepsake that will last forever.
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