9-year-old Raleigh girl selling paintings for charity

Posted August 7, 2012

— For 9-year-old Olivia McGuire, of Raleigh, seeing a canvas transform into a work of art just comes naturally.

"I've always liked to color and paint and draw and stuff," the Pleasant Union Elementary School fourth-grader said Tuesday.

This summer, the paintings piled up, and when her mother asked her what she wanted to do with them, Olivia had the idea to sell them and donate the money to a good cause.

At $20 each, she's raised more than $1,000 in less than a week, and she's received orders for at least 60 more paintings.

"With just doing what I like, I can help other people," Olivia said.

Olivia decided to donate the money to 1in9, an organization committed to helping people battle breast cancer, and to the victims of last month's theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.

She plans to keep painting until Aug. 18, when school starts back.

9-year-old Raleigh girl selling paintings for charity 9-year-old Raleigh girl selling paintings for charity

"I've always know that she's amazing, but to hear it out of her own mouth, for her to come up with it on her own, I was beaming with pride," he mother, Nicole McGuire, said. "I don't think she understands how big what she's doing is right now.”

Tanya Drake already got her painting.

"I think it's absolutely incredible that she's motivated to spend her time helping others," Drake said.

For Olivia, it just comes naturally.

"I'm glad, because it's helping people," she said.


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  • lisa4 Aug 9, 2012

    Great story!!! Gret job Olivia!!!

  • THeelBrn Aug 8, 2012

    One person can make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Frogm3n Aug 8, 2012

    You are already a great human at 9 yrs old..Keep it up.
    God bless you!

  • romneycare Aug 8, 2012

    I wouldn't pay 20$, but at least it's for a good cause!

    natural talent doesn't come very often in finger paints. Good job Olivia!

  • lfields2 Aug 8, 2012

    What a great story, kudos to Oliva

  • Wendellcatlover Aug 8, 2012

    Maybe there is hope for our future after all!

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