HOW THIS MOVEMENT STARTED
Morgan's Story: When Morgan Sailer was 15 years old, she lost her 10 year old sister to a brief and tragic battle with leukemia. For three years afterwards, Morgan used the “healing art” from River + Pearls on a weekly basis to process this very difficult journey she found herself on. At age 17, she felt the desire to shift the focus from her own journey to the journey of others. We asked her to think about how she could take what she had experienced to bring hope to someone else on their journey. She knew right away what she wanted to do.
Morgan’s Dream: “As I considered how I could bring hope and love to others, I thought of all the children and teens who are going through difficult experiences in hospitals all over the country. Many people brought coloring books to my little sister when she was in the hospital, but they were often too difficult to do because she felt weak and did not have the energy to complete them. I had the idea to create a coloring book that would be both inspirational and manageable for the children, at the same time do something meaningful to honor my little sister. I wanted each page to have purpose. The left side is blank so they have space to write out what they are feeling or create something of their own. As the children color the pictures, I hope they will find a creative outlet to process their feelings, focus their attention on something positive, bring comfort to their hearts and fill their room with love.” - Morgan
VIEW COLORING BOOK
IMPACT IN 2019
-26,000 Children received a book.
-Requested by 138 Children's Hospitals.
What began as a small idea to provide these coloring books to children in hospitals in Colorado has quickly spread all over the USA! Thanks to family and friends in the community who came alongside Morgan with their support, she was able to donate 26,000 My Journey healing art coloring books to children in 138 children’s hospitals all over the USA with every state represented.
VIEW LIST OF HOSPITALS
HOW THE BOOK IS MEETING AN IMPORTANT NEED
The feedback we are getting from Child Life Specialists in hospitals is that My Journey healing art coloring book is a beautiful and powerful tool they are using with the children in their care to help them process and express their emotions. When a child is going through something traumatic, coloring helps divert their attention to something positive, settles their spirit and shines a light into their scary place. They love the way Morgan created this book with simple and inspiring coloring pages on the right and blank pages with simple questions on the left. The questions foster creativity, self-expression and imagination. As the children interact with the pages it reduces anxiety and provides a calming way to cope with what they are experiencing. View comments from hospital leaders at the bottom of this page.
OUR CURRENT GOAL
We are currently out of coloring books and ready for the next print run.
Goal: 50,000 coloring books gifted to children in the coming year.
(we will provide as many books as we raise funds for, less or more)
FUNDRAISING GOAL NOV 1 - DEC 31, 2019
IT TAKES TEAMWORK TO MAKE THE DREAM WORK!
If your heart feels a connection, thank you for considering being part of this very simple, yet beautiful way you can impact a child’s life in a powerful way!
We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, all donations are tax deductible.
1. CLICK TO DONATE HERE
2. ON COLORADO GIVES search for River + Pearls.
3. BY CHECK:
Make check payable to River + Pearls
River + Pearls
1001-A East Harmony Road unit 271
Fort Collins, CO 80525
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS
1. Share the Facebook link (under the map below) directly to your Facebook page.
2. Share with families, friends, companies and foundations who may have a desire to be part of this beautiful outreach movement, we are looking to build our team to reach more children!
3. Follow our Instagram page @riverandpearls
White Flowers on map represent 138 hospitals we have partnered with and donated 26,000 My Journey healing art coloring books to as of Nov 1, 2019!
We enjoy reading the comments below from Child Life Specialists!