CONTRIBUTION · 24th November 2011
This December the Walls of Don Diego's will be adorned with children's artwork.
Don Diego’s owners Gerran Thorhaug and Sierra Harris were simply overwhelmed by the response last year from the Terrace community that helped them raise more than $1,700 to purchase gifts for needy children.
Their “Little people helping Little people,” campaign saw Don Diego’s restaurant supply blank canvasses
for children under 10 years old to paint.
The paintings were then put on display at the restaurant and sold to the general public for a minimum donation of $10 each – all the money was put toward purchasing Christmas gifts for needy children through the Salvation Army in Terrace.
At the beginning of the campaign, Harris optimistically hoped 30 children would answer the call, but by the end of November, 126 canvasses painted by area children aged 6 months to 10-years-old had been returned to the local restaurant.
Every painting sold and Don Diego’s collected $1770 from the donations.
“We were thrilled with the response,” says Harris. “It was really special to see young children wanting to participate so other kids could have a better Christmas.”
Both she and Thorhaug are also amazed by the generosity of the public in supporting the campaign – many people paid more than the minimum donation required for the colourful paintings.
They were especially touched by the generosity of Kevin Kennedy of Terrace Totem Ford, who in the last 24 hours of the campaign, purchased 25 paintings all in one go.
On Dec. 13, 2010 the Don Diego’s owners dropped off 155 new toys to the Salvation Army and also donated 15 $10 gift cards to be given to teenaged children.
Captain Rose Moulton of the Salvation Army said the donations were made just in time for the gift packages to be prepared for the many local families that access their Christmas hampers. She added that without donations such as this, the Salvation Army must use money to purchase gifts, if they don’t receive enough donations.
Don Diego’s also donated $500 to the Terrace Churches Food Bank, using proceeds from the sale of their signature salsa during the month of November.
“It felt great to give back to our community,” says Thorhaug. “We couldn’t have done it without so many people supporting our campaigns.”
Since they had such success last year, Don Diego's will be campaigning again this year.
The Artist's work can be viewed starting next Monday, November 28. They are asking for any additional art to be in by the end of the month.
When the art is purchased you can take it home right away. Artwork is on sale until December 17.
So come on down and have a look, help support "Little People Helping Little People".
Some of the great Artwork!
Season for giving
Comment by Mwilliams on 24th November 2011
When I see articles like this makes my heart warm inside. Especially knowing there are children and famies are not as fortunate as others. I am very greatful for everything I have and always love to do something to help my community.
I would love to buy two for my children have and decorate.
Can we pick them up or is it apart of eating dinner?
Gerran has informed us they have run out of canvasses once again this year, come to Don Diegos after the 28th and see what the children have produced. This has nothing to do with eating at the restaurant. It is a fine place to enjoy food but the artwork is the feature.
Comment by branwen willow on 24th November 2011
As Sierras mom, I have to say knowing Gerran and Sierra as i do it does not surprise me that they have created this wonderful event for kids by kids in Terrace. They both grew up and have always lived in Terrace and they have always been very conscious about helping others.
I am so proud of them both!
A Proud Sister
Comment by Robyn Waterman-Harris on 24th November 2011
I can't express how proud I am to be from Terrace and to be Sierra and Gerran's sister. There aren't enough people in the world giving back and doing for others. I'm also bursting with pride to see my friends and their children participating. I love you Terrace and after living in Winnipeg for the last 12 years am still proud to call you home!
Comment by KD on 24th November 2011
I enjoy watching all my friends kids do these art projects. They enjoy the fact that they can create a piece of art, go into Don Diego's and see it hanging on the wall, purchase it as a gift for their parents and know that the money collected is going to a good cause! Well done Don Diego's This is TRULLY a great event!!!!