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Lancaster City 10-year-old and his mom host an art show for good cause

  • Aniya Faulcon

 Courtesy of Lauren Kreider

Airdate: August 23, 2022

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Most ten-year-old kids find interest in things like the Roadblock app, TikTok, and tv shows. But a ten-year-old resident of Lancaster City had a different kind of interest: to make a positive difference within his community and abroad.

Lucas Kreider and his mom, Lauren Kreider, created Peace Kids to the Rescue Art Show and Silent Auction to bring about peace through art and raise donations for Church World Services and Lancaster County Homeless Coalition. To date, they’ve raised over $10,000 for those two organizations and hope to raise more this year.

The 4th annual Peace Kids to the Rescue Art Show and Silent Auction, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Millersville University’s Ware Center, 42 N Prince St., will feature art donated by over thirty children between the ages of six and eighteen and will include four artists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa, who received donated art supplies to create pieces for the art show.

Lauren said when Lucas was six-years-old, during breakfast, he said: “Mom, I want to have an art show for children to raise money for people who don’t have as much as I do.”

Lucas said the idea for the show came from his experience of driving around in his mom’s car, which they labeled the “Kindness Car”, giving out “Kindness Bags” to the homeless that included necessities like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and money.

Lauren said she’s proud to be Lucas’s mom and he inspires her often.

“I just really want to inspire other kids to do something like what I’m doing,” Lucas said. “Maybe it’s a car wash or maybe it’s having an art show like me. It’s just really important that we have a whole bunch of people just raising money for our community and doing what’s right.”


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