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Tallahassee artist turns her paintings into donations for COVID-19

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:51:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Many of the meals handed out at Leon County Schools were made possible by one local artist's desire to help.

Kollet Hardeman is spending her time in quarantine painting. But for every painting she sells, that money goes to charity.

She started raising money for Second Harvest last week and raised about $1,700. That translates to more than 7,000 meals.

Hardeman says this was the best way to do something for the community while still practicing her craft.

"People were getting portraits for loved ones that they couldn't talk to," Hardeman said, "because everyday, when this started, our quarantines and social distancing became more prominent. So grandmothers that couldn't see their grand-babies were hiring me to do portraits of their grand-babies. "

"Her love moves through a paintbrush," said Monique Ellsworth, Second Harvest of the Big Bend CEO. "It moves through her social media account. She exudes the love for our community."

This week, Kollet will be donating money to City Walk Urban Mission.