KC Cares uses art to express support, raise money for Orlando victims

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The metro kicked off a new movement called KC Cares. A fundraiser to send support to Orlando victim’s families. Dozens in Westport grabbed a blank canvas and their paint brushes, for a cause close to their hearts.

“If you’re feeling a certain way or want to express something, art lets you do it.”

Many artists say painting has a way of healing the soul and that’s what this event aimed to do. A painting class, with donations going straight to Orlando victims families. Every person that came to Bistro 303 Saturday, is hurting for Orlando.

“We totally are with them and love them.”

Claire Fitzsimmons is not an artist, but to her this painting is a masterpiece with great meaning.

“The rainbow is … life. It’s love. It’s forgiveness,” Fitzsimmons said.

Fitzsimmons says it signifies the LGBT community and while some here are gay and some are straight.

“Doesn’t matter and we’re all people. We’re all together for this,” Fitzsimmons said.

“The genuine, the genuine laughter that people have. If we can bring that to a group that needs it at this point quite frankly, we walk away feeling good about what we’ve done.”

Organizer Joey Kramer owns Apple Pie Painting, a painting party company. He says art is powerful in ways people might not realize.

“It allows people to let lose that inner creativity inside of them that most people, especially in today’s day in age, they’re afraid to let it out and show it,” Kramer said.

Strangers became friends.

“We are stronger together than we are apart,” Fitzsimmons said.

Creating something positive in honor of Orlando and the lives lost.

“Come together, share stories, laughter. create memories they can walk away from it and know that they- this went to a good cause,” Kramer said.

For more information on how you can help Orlando victim’s families, go to ApplePiePainting.com.

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