Drawing for donations
While many Lehigh Valley children were drafting their Christmas wish lists for Santa, young Lyla Schneck was brainstorming about how she could help other people during the holiday season.
When she hit on the idea of using her art talent, she discussed it with her mother. She is the daughter of Ashley Davis and Ryan Schneck, of Northampton.
“I did these pictures. Do you think people would give some type of food that I could take to the food bank if I make them a picture?” she asked her mother.
“I told her I thought it was a great idea,” Davis said. “She’s always doing art. She watches YouTube videos and gets books on how to draw.”
By marketing her drawings, Lyla hoped to fill a laundry basket with canned and boxed nonperishable food items for Northampton Area Food Bank.
Davis took some to Gockley Elementary School, in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, where she is employed, and showed them to staff members.
Lyla took some to Siegfried Elementary School, in the Northampton Area School District, where she is a fifth-grade student.
Word went out to family and friends on social media. Soon Lyla’s artwork was sold out, and she had orders for dozens more.
Gockley employee Yvonne Mayornik donated two cans of vegetables for Lyla’s drawing of Buddy the Elf.
“She’s a super sweet girl,” Mayornik told The Press. “They are really giving and kind people.”
Mayornik was successful in securing a donation of colored pencils for Lyla from the Whitehall A.C. Moore store, where Lyla had bought some of her supplies. She uses markers, colored pencils and crayons to create drawings of Buddy the Elf, Santa Claus, The Grinch and a Christmas dog.
“Buddy the Elf was the most popular drawing,” she said. “The Grinch is the hardest one to draw.”
Lyla’s inspiration came after visiting the food bank earlier this year with her CCD class at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church in Northampton. The class members donated food and helped stock the shelves.
In exchange for Lyla’s artwork, people often gave more than one item for the food bank because they admired what she was doing. Sometimes, the family found donations left on their front porch.
In the space of a couple of weeks, Lyla had made about 40 drawings. Fortunately, she says, she hasn’t had much homework lately and has been able to spend the time filling artwork orders.
When she and her parents took her collection of donations to the food bank Dec. 20, there was far more than a laundry basket full of items.
Lyla is excited about how successful her plan to help others has been. She’s thinking about repeating the food drive in the summer when she has more free time to draw.
As for now, it’s a pretty sure thing that Lyla Schneck was on Santa’s nice list.