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11-Year-old Artist is Spreading Kindness Making Flags of Gratitude for Veterans and Health Workers


Morris Township is a typical New Jersey town: there is a fire department and a police department; there is a medical center, fun shops and lively restaurants.

Thanks to the work of a super creative girl, since the pandemic hit in March, front-line personnel in the area have been finding some very special items outside of those workplaces.

These ‘gratitude flags’ are made by Callie Danysh, 11 years old.

She paints the image of each flag or tile, adding inspiring messages of support and appreciation to each one, so essential workers can know how grateful we all are for the work they are doing.

Callie has left no stone unturned in her quest to “honor a hero.”

Around Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris Township, staff and volunteers from local businesses and organizations have been finding gratitude flags dedicated to them.

So far Callie has created an incredible 2,000 flags to cheer and cheer others on, all of which can be seen on the Flags of Gratitude Facebook Page.

The list of heroes Callie is honoring with her art continues to expand.

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This November 11, with a little help from some Sharpie markers and paint pens, he has been honoring former service personnel by making special flags to put up off the Veterans of Foreign Wars site in Morris Plains.

Last month, he also made flags for the Morristown Army and Navy Recruitment Center.

As part of her project, Callie is raising money for others: In July, she won $ 1,000 for HelpMorrisNow, which helps bring food and clothing to local people in need.

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Now she is raising money for Good Grief, an organization that helps families experiencing loss, and Hubert’s Animal Welfare. Basically, you are doing everything you can to give back to the community.

“It makes me feel great because I enjoy conveying kindness to people,” says Callie.

Their designs are printed on 9-inch photo mosaics so that people can donate to the charity and have a memory that will last forever.

Go to Facebook page to see how you can get involved, maybe buying one of Callie’s beautiful tiles? and help this amazing young woman as she attempts to raise others, one work of art at a time.

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