Young Artist Sells Work to Feed the Fight

Posted: June 17, 2020

During the shelter-in-place order, 10-year-old Chloe Tavares turned to her love of painting pictures into a way to deal with the stresses of not being able to go to school and worrying about medical workers and others on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

And then she got an idea — a beautiful, generous idea.

“I wanted to help and honor the nurses and doctors who are working with COVID patients,” the fourth-grader explained. “I think they are brave and I was scared and worried and I wanted to say thank you for all you are doing to help.”

She told her mom she wanted to sell her paintings and use the money to provide pizzas for the medical crews at area hospitals.

“They said ‘That’s a great idea!’ and they’ve been very supportive,” Chloe explained.

Her mom, Monica Del Rio, knew just what to do, putting a post on her Facebook page with the hashtag #LunchOnChloe and inviting friends and family to purchase the art, with a promise that the funds would pay to deliver meals to health workers.

Monica’s cousin is Christina Silva, R.N., a nurse at NorthBay Medical Center. So when it came time to pick which hospitals to deliver pizza to, NorthBay’s 1600 and 1700 units were among the first to receive the pizzas.

“I told my aunt how worried I was about her and told her I was thinking about her,” Chloe said.

“I was surprised and proud when I first heard she wanted to sell her paintings to donate lunch to us health care workers,” says Christina. “She has always been the most caring and selfless little girl and I am so amazed to see her grow up with such compassion to help people.”

Chloe’s initial goal was to raise $300. As of June 8, she had raised some $1,000. And Chloe isn’t stopping. She’s asked classmates and friends at Woodroe Woods School in San Leandro to join in the effort.

“They paint pictures and then get them to me so we can sell them,” she said. “They all wanted to help when I told them the idea.”

She plans to expand the effort to include meals for delivery drivers and postal workers soon, as well, she said.

Other donations from community supporters continue to come NorthBay Medical Center emergency room staff pose for a photo after receiving two cases of Bobo’s oat bars donated by one of their colleagues,   Steven Garcia, M.D.in. Here is a look at donations made during the past few weeks:

  • Steve Garcia, M.D.: Two cases of Bobo Bars donated to NorthBay Medical Center and one case to NorthBay VacaValley Hospital emergency departments.
  • Sue Killian of Fairfield: 30 handmade thank-you cards.
  • Belinda Trent of Vacaville: Handmade cloth facemasks.
  • Cyndi Giaquinto, R.N.: Fabric for facemasks.
  • Theresa Yeomans and Mary Ann Kohler of Fairfield: Cloth facemasks.
  • Marylin Lewis of Vacaville: Cloth facemasks.
  • Connie Ludwig of Rio Vista: Cloth facemasks.
  • Nancy Juarez of NorthBay Health Info Management (Medical Records): Elastic bands for facemasks.

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