Ann Arbor artist Stephen Cain has a thing or two in common with the people who rely on the support of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. At 78, he is at increased risk of COVID-19, and at least for now, he’s staying close to home. But unlike many of the seniors served by YMOW, Cain can imagine a day when he once again can venture out to a store, a restaurant, or to sell his art at the Kerrytown Sunday Artisans Market in Ann Arbor.
As he shelters in place during the COVID-19 crisis, Cain keeps himself busy with his art. He’s keeping others fed with it, too.
Several weeks into the lockdown, Cain decided to contribute half of the proceeds from sales of his decorative, handmade trays to three local non-profits – YMOW, Food Gatherers and St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program. Through sales to friends through Facebook and a portion of his government stimulus check, he has contributed more than $1,000 to the three food-based organizations.
“I’m in good shape, but other people aren’t,” Cain said. “These are people who are really in need, particularly so with COVID. I’m happy to do something to help.”
He hopes to have a website up soon, allowing more people to purchase his trays while helping to support their neighbors. When he does, we will be sure to share it!
On behalf of YMOW, our clients and everyone you’re helping, Thank you, Stephen, for using your talent to help those in need.