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Sawyer’s Art: Art Drive Collection Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Sawyer’s Art

Art Drive Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

If you have not read our story about our first son, Sawyer, you can read it here. The brief version is that in May of 2013 our son Sawyer was born with a congenital heart defect. He lived 18 days and went through multiple heart surgeries but unfortunately he did not survive. We miss him every day and are always looking for ways to keep his memory alive. Back in 2014 I came up with the idea to celebrate his birthday in a super special way each year – thus, Sawyer’s Art Drive was created!

What is Sawyer’s Art Drive?

Sawyer’s Art Drive was created to honor our son’s, Sawyer, memory and give back to the hospital that fought so hard to help his heart. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is where he spent each and every day of his life and I could not be more thankful for all of the doctors and nurses. Specifically the Child Life Specialist (CLS) really made an impression on me. I spent my very first Mother’s Day in the hospital with my son who was fighting for his life. The CLS made sure to make it very special. These CLS help the families of those in the hospital and the patients themselves to feel at home. A lot of what they do uses art supplies to create different projects and help families/patients relax and have fun. Each and every May we love to stock their closet (so to speak) so they can continue to help families affected by a variety of illnesses. Sawyer was born May 9 and passed away May 27. We collect supplies from May 1 through May 26 and I drive them down to the hospital on May 27 to donate in his memory.

How can I help?

Making a donation is EASY! I have created an Amazon wishlist which sends the art supplies right to my front door. If you are local to me and would rather purchase at the store and meet me to drop them off  I can work that out as well. Each year our haul has grown and I would love to have to take two vehicles this year because of all of the stuff we are donating. Find our Amazon List HERE!

 When is the last day to donate?

We are taking all donations to CHOA on May 27 (Sawyer’s Angelversary). Donations will need to be RECEIVED by May 26 at the latest. I am willing to meet up with anyone who would like to participate OR if you donate straight from the Amazon list it will be sent to our house!


Here are some of my favorite pictures with our sweet Sawyer.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spread the word and help us make this the BIGGEST GIVE BACK to date 🙂

Sawyer's Art

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  1. Ashlyn, THANK YOU for ALL that you do!
    Hugs, Susan Nickerson, fellow cat lover (and other species, but don’t tell my fur-babies, shhh :-))

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