R.I. woman making Christmas ornaments to benefit children with cancer – Fall River Herald News

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WARWICK – Ashley Medeiros has come up with a creative way to make the Holiday season a little brighter for sick children.Using her artistic skills, she is hand painting wood ornaments for $5 to raise money to buy toys for kids with cancer.“I heard about Sami’s Sendoffs toy drive and because I don’t have the extra funds to support it, I thought it would be a fun thing to create and sell [these ornaments] so that I could get some toys to donate,” Medeiros told O Jornal.Sami’s SendOff’s was established by teenager Samantha Ronci of North Kingstown with the aim of sending care packages to children fighting cancer. On the day of Sami’s SendOff’s toy drive, Medeiros will be dressed as Frozen princess. She has been volunteering her time portraying different characters for about five years.“It started after a group of people dressed as superheroes, myself included, at a Comic Con, and I decided to do good in the world and spread smiles,” said Medeiros, who holds a full time job and assists an elderly grandmother in her household chores. “I do this to spread joy to whomever I can, even the adults, because everyone needs some fun and happiness in their lives.”Yet, she acknowledged her profound admiration for the resilience demonstrated by children battling illnesses.“They always seem to have the brightest smiles and biggest hearts,” she said, stressing that they make you appreciate the little things in life.“Kids are so pure and accepting, and being able to meet them while dressed as their role models – heroes, princesses – is such a wonderful thing,” Medeiros said.Growing up, she always had a special interest in the performing arts.“I always dreamed of being an actress,” she confessed. “I’ve taken many theatre classes. I love anything artsy, which is a big part of why I do what I do.”Doodling and drawing cartoons have also been favorite pastimes of hers.“As I got older, I would occasionally paint a canvas here or there as gifts for people,” she said. The ornaments she is painting are made with tree barks, which are cut with the assistance of a family friend as a way to save money.And this is not the only way she has found this year to lend a helping hand. So far, she has sewn about 300 face masks to donate to the public.She said she is thankful for having a very supportive family, who are the first ones to buy the pieces she crafts, and get the word out to “see her in action,” as she called it.Ashley also credits her family for her wonderful upbringing.  “As many would say, my parents have influenced me greatly,” said Medeiros, the daughter of a firefighter.  “They raised me to always be honest and open minded, as you never know what others are dealing with.” Anyone who would like to purchase an ornament can do so by messaging Medeiros on Facebook “Miss Adventure’s.” 
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