Children’s Artwork in Times Square Billboard to Thank Essential Workers

Three children got the surprise of their lives when they woke up to find their artwork displayed on Time Square’s giant billboards.  Shutterfly selected the artwork from a collection of more than 450 pieces of children’s art submitted during their social media campaign #CreateThanks to honor frontline workers and their families.

The three lucky winners included 7-year-old Kelli-Rose Simpson Forde of Long Island, 5-year old Xavier Garcia also of Long Island, and 4-year-old Amarry London Alhassan of Brooklyn.

Kelli-Rose was inspired by her grandmother, a New York City transit worker who helps people commute safely to work. Kelli-Rose wanted to share her appreciation to her grandmother for helping people commute to work on the transit system, and her mixed-media “thank you” has gone from hanging on her front door to hanging in Times Square.

Xavier Garcia’s inspiration was his aunt, a nurse’s assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital in South Nassau.  He stated, “I made this picture to thank the doctors and nurses for being superheroes.” Amarry’s artwork is inspired by her mother, a physician assistant.  He wanted to share “a heart and a helping hand” for healthcare workers like his mom.

As states around the United States begin to reopen, essential workers there continue to rely on mass transit during the pandemic—and 

Shutterfly hopes to be able to brighten the day of some of New York CIty’s essential workers and their families bringing a little joy to their commutes.

Source: Good News Network