HSSBV Critter Camp participants send inspiration to Orlando through Stars of Hope

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iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Chula Mota, 10, paints a Star of Hope to send to Orlando. The project was introduced during the Human Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Critter Camp.

Words of inspiration poured out of the hearts of youngsters during a special activity held at the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley recently.

iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Children paint inspirational messages on wooden stars to send to Orlando. The project was introduced during the Human Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Critter Camp.
iecn photo/yazmin alvarez
Children paint inspirational messages on wooden stars to send to Orlando. The project was introduced during the Human Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Critter Camp.

“Faith” and “love” were among the words that children wrote on wooden stars to offer encouragement and healing for those affected in the June 12 Orlando shooting.

“It’s a message to give them faith in their hearts,” said Isaiah Navarro, 10, as he took his time to paint his star the brightest possible.

The project, introduced during HSSBV’s annual Critter camp, was part of Stars of Hope, a disaster relief and community arts program that empowers children to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters through colorful art and messages of hope and healing.

Lynn Hildebrand, who heads the annual camp, said the project was a perfect fit as a way to help children understand to love all things.

“We have the ability and have the power to help families and people feel better — to let them know that they are loved,” she explained to the children.

It’s Humane education is all about being kind to people, animals and being good stewards, Hildebrand said.

“What we want to instill in children is the idea that they are the power of one,” she said. “They have the ability to make decisions to help one animal, or one person, and in that decision it’s made a difference for that one.”

The colorfully painted Stars of Hope are expected to arrive in Orlando in the next week. They will be hung throughout the city to lift the spirits of the community.

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