Little girl finds joy in giving
Aly is pictured with (l-r) Kathy Gerardot, Director Laboratory; Carrie Heil-Staab, Registered CT Technologist; and Tammy Meyer, Director of Diagnostic Imaging with art kits to give to young SGCMH patients. At left, Aly is surrounded by a mountain of donations for her coloring kits. (photo from Connie Bauman’s Facebook).
Aly Bauman has been gracing the halls of SGCMH for too many of her young years, but her smile lights up every room she enters.
Aly was born with a rare condition called Lymphangiectasia, which limits her body’s ability to absorb nutrients. But through all her visits to our hospital, not to mention almost daily visits to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, she inspires all who comes in contact with her.
Aly has a love of art and enjoys coloring and making art projects, so several years ago, Aly and her mom Connie launched “Aly’s Art Drive,” as a way of giving back. They asked the Ste. Genevieve community for donations of art supplies so they could put together coloring kits for other ill children at Cardinal Glennon.
The response was overwhelming. Thousands of dollars and supplies were donated. Then Aly really got to work assembling all the kits with crayons, markers, paint brushes and more in cute little bags.
“Last year was the first year we did a Go Fund Me account for anyone who lived out of town or preferred to donate money to purchase items, which raised $23,000!” said Connie. “Many local volunteers came forward to help pack the art bags. We doubled our goal last year by filling over 2,000 art bags. Also, this year we expanded the drive to include donations to the Ste. Genevieve Police Department and First Step patients, as well as Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. We will begin our annual drive on May 1st and it will run through July 30th.”
Now going into its 5th year, Aly’s Art Drive, is stronger than ever. Anyone interested in donating or learning more can follow Aly and Connie on Facebook.