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Cary girl uses art to help local families in need

Posted December 9, 2010

— Kathryn LaMattina is a little girl with a big message this season. The 7-year-old Cary girl is using her love of art to help The Carying Place, an organization that helps Wake County families get adequate housing.

Kathryn first learned about The Carying Place’s mission while doing a project with her YMCA Indian Princess tribe. The tribe decorated potholders and created a cookbook, which was given out with Thanksgiving supplies and meals to The Carying Place families.

When the project ended, Kathryn wasn’t ready to quit.

“After doing he presentation that night for her tribe, (Kathryn) said, ‘Daddy, I want to do something more for these families,’ and she went to her piggy bank and took some money out,” recalled her mother, Jennifer LaMattina.

With help from her family, Kathryn created Art From My Heart, a project in which she designs and sells holiday cards, with all the proceeds going to The Carying Place. She spent about a week creating three cards.

Kathryn LaMattina Cary girl using art to help local families

“I had a lot of practice sheets, a lot of mess ups,” Kathryn said. “It’s for a good cause, and they turned out really nice.”

A pack of 12 cards costs $10, and the 7-year-old said she hopes to raise $6,000. She also hopes to become a professional artist in the future.

“She’s a kid (who) has a big heart, and she has always been one who wants to help others,” Jennifer LaMattina said. “No matter how small you are, you can make a difference, and that’s something Kathryn’s project here has reminded me of.”


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  • OpenM1nd Dec 10, 2010

    Exemplary! Nice going, Jennifer!

  • m24s Dec 10, 2010

    balance - is there any reason you add a comment about a socialist to your note??? Seriously? Its a great story about a child doing something on their own - not forced by anyone one to do. Why would you mention that in your comment - the comments is great then you throw some political point in there - why?

  • wildcat Dec 10, 2010

    I know the parents, family and community are very proud of her. I am just by reading her story and seeing her on the news.

  • wildcat Dec 10, 2010

    what a wonderful blessed young lady that she tries to help others. May God continue to bless this young artist.

  • housemanagercary Dec 10, 2010

    Yes Psuedonym

  • HapiApiGirl Dec 10, 2010

    Thank you, WRAL for reporting on the "Good" that goes on in this world!!! To the LaMattina family, thank you for raising your children with such love and compassion. It is parents like you who need to be praised for the wonderful job you are doing. May God Bless your family and may he use Kathryn's talents to bring joy & happiness to many in the world. Merry Christmas!!! I can't wait to send out my cards!!

  • Sea Chell Dec 10, 2010

    Just orderd my cards too...can't wait to get them!

  • They call me CATMAN Dec 10, 2010

    Psuedonym Thank you for what you said it is so true.

  • Sea Chell Dec 10, 2010

    Thanks Kikinc!

  • Pseudonym Dec 10, 2010


    I think you're misunderstanding some basic points here. What this girl did was CHOOSE to help people. That is what is noble and good. What you are talking about is an authority figure using FORCE to STEAL someone's property to give to another. Not only is that wrong, but usually the stolen property doesn't make it to the recipient. There is a HUGE difference between the two.