A.C. Moore, in partnership with the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF), is proud to support a mobile art cart program for children’s hospitals. The arts & crafts cart, named Alicia’s Art Cart, is stocked with age-appropriate products from A.C. Moore and is designed to give chronically ill teens receiving medical treatment an opportunity for creativity and expression during their hospital stays.
Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation’s co-founders Gisele & Mario DiNatale established ARVF in honor of their daughter, Alicia Rose DiNatale, who died in October 2002 after a 13-month battle with cancer. “During Alicia’s treatments for cancer, both as an in-patient and out-patient 16-year-old, there were not a lot of ‘grown up’ things to do to occupy her time,” said Gisele DiNatale. “I found myself at our local A.C. Moore to get her a craft kit or activity which she loved so much. The activity kits and projects provided on Alicia’s Art Cart, named in her honor, help to pass the time and there’s a sense of accomplishment and purpose just by being creative.”
A.C. Moore & ARVF deliver a mobile art cart and provide each hospital’s Child Life Specialist team with a gift card to A.C. Moore. The Child Life Specialists are then able to shop at their local A.C. Moore to stock their cart with appropriate art supplies, kits, and activities for the hospital’s teen patients.
“At A.C. Moore, we know that art is therapeutic. Making art relaxes us, reduces stress, gives us an outlet for personal expression, and helps to distract us for a while. Most importantly, it’s fun! We hope that the art activities on the art cart will inspire children and teens battling illness in our communities – making the tough days a little bit brighter.” Pepe Piperno, owner & CEO
A.C. Moore & ARVF currently support art carts in the following hospitals and cities:
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