In June, we contacted the U.S. Volunteer Network about a flag contest, inviting them to share the news with their congregations, clubs, youth groups and friends. We requested drawings or mixed-media artwork from youth depicting our work, and an explanation of why it represented Outreach. Each participant received a collapsible hydro-pouch water bottle. What we found was that there were a lot of kids at heart, as we received entries from “kids” aged 5 to 20! So the logical thing to do was to come up with winners by age group: ages 5-9, 10-14 and 15-20.

After careful consideration, Outreach headquarters staff voted for their top three – and the winners are:

1. Callie D., age 9, of Independence, MO – the clear overall winner with the most #1 votes! Her original drawing of chicks, pencils, hearts, fruits and vegetables and land, with the quote “All the things we share,” were endearing. Outreach staff felt this best represented Outreach visually and had the greatest message. Staff comments included, “Adorable! And she gets it.” “Detailed original and creative work of art that looks most like a flag.” “Simple yet wonderfully insightful.” “Love the drawings of the things that represent community issues! Very colorful.” “Graphics make an excellent flag.”
2. Kelli W., age 10, also of Independence, MO – wrote, “Outreach helps people get fresh water, and people contribute money that helps people buy goats.” Our staff said, “Picture is so darn cute!” “I like that the drawings show things communities get – animals, water, and electricity.” “Beautiful and creative – she put a lot into it.” “Thoughtful drawing including projects common to poor communities.”
3. Taylor B., age 20, of Springfield, OR – centered his message on poverty, writing, “Poverty means an inability to achieve your goals, due to a lack of basic necessities.” Outreach staff liked this one for the following reasons: “Awesome collage; good quote!” “Quote shows an understanding of the realities of poverty, with pictures of those who are rising above it.”

Each winner received an Outreach t-shirt. Kudos to the winners – and to all those who participated!