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Young Grand Prairie Artist Sells Paintings to Support People in Need, Raises Over $10,000

Jul 11, 2017 03:41PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Gia Woodrum is a Grand Prairie resident on a mission to help the homeless. However, there are a few differences in how Gia aims to do so. 

For starters, Gia was only 7 when she started this project in 2014. She also sells her paintings to raise the funds she needs to support her project. 

Also, she is just one cool kid. 

When Gia was 6, she saw a homeless man begging in the streets one freezing night. She was concerned that he would not be warm enough and decided she wanted buy him a Jacket.  

That moment quickly blossomed into an idea of wanting to keep people warm year-round. As an artist herself, Gia decided to sell her own art to raise money to buy the homeless jackets and blankets during the wintertime. This movement has inspired other local Dallas artists to join, in an effort to raise money to buy not only blankets and jackets, but also socks, shoes, clothes and other items for families and people in need. 

Creating and selling art is the way Gia is helping those in need within her community. Since the initial initiative to raise funds for jackets, she is now currently accepting donations to go towards water bottles to provide to those in need this summer. Her goal is to raise 10,000 water bottles, and has currently raised close to 4,000 bottles. Click here to donate

We wanted to get to know Gia and hear her incredibly kind-hearted and inspiring story, so we reached out to her and her father, Geoffrey Woodrum, to get the inside scoop. 

How has the response been in the community for your project? Do you feel supported? 

People have been really nice about helping me and supporting me.  They seem happy and they see that I am trying to make a change in the community.  I feel supported when people buy my art and give me words of encouragement.

How successful has it been so far? 

It has been very successful.  Over the past 3 years I have raised about $10,000 and have bought thousands of bottles of water and snacks.  I have also given out lots of jackets and clothing.  I have also gotten to meet lots of homeless people and other artists.

What has been the most memorable moment so far?

When I met a man who calls himself Elvis, and he always says “Thank you, thank you very much” whenever I give him water and snacks.  He is really funny and nice.  I have known him for 2 years now.

When you are working on your art, what inspires you the most? What medium do you like to use?

Most of the time stuff just pops into my head and I am inspired by that.  I plan my pieces sometimes, but most of the time I just paint in the moment.  I like to use acrylic the most right now because I have been doing a lot of spin art and acrylic works the best.

Do you have any other hobbies you enjoy?

I like to play with Legos and I also like to go swimming. 


What do you hope will happen in the future with your project for the homeless? 

I hope it will increase to the whole world.  I also hope other people start to help the homeless as well, because it will help the whole world become a better and happier place.

What's the best way for someone to help you and your mission?

They could always buy my art and that would help me raise money to help the homeless.  Or people could also help the homeless themselves by giving food and water out or they could just talk to homeless people because sometimes people just want to have a conversation with someone.

Is there anything else we should know?  

Everybody should be treated equally no matter how they look or what gender they are or if they have a home or not or by how rich or poor.  

People are all people.

To keep up with Gia and all the great things she is doing, or to donate to the cause, you can 
visit her website or follow her on Facebook

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