Did you know that April 8th was National Draw a Bird Day (DABD for short)?!
In honor of this special holiday, we decided to have a TWG Staff Contest! Here is how it works… We told every staff member on Monday @ 5:00pm that they had the evening to draw a bird and submit it by 8:00 am Tuesday morning. They were also told they could use the medium of their choice (pencil, markers or even their fancy computers) AND the winner is going to be judged by who?… YOU!
So CLICK HERE , View our Facebook Album AND Vote for your Favorite Bird Drawing!
The TWG staff winner will get a $25.00 gift certificate to the store of their choice!
Hurry, judging ends at 5:00pm Friday, April 8th!
Here is the sweet story of how Draw a Bird Day got started! AND you could Like them on Facebook too!
Dorrie Cooper was a 7 year old girl living in World War II England. One day, her mother took her to a hospital to visit her uncle who had lost a leg in battle and was very upset. Dorrie, wanting to cheer him up, asked him “Draw a bird for me.”Her uncle decided to do as Dorrie asked. As he looked out his window, a robin landed on the sill, and he drew a picture of it.
Dorrie laughed at her uncle’s drawing and said that he was not a very good artist, but that she would still keep the picture in her room. Her uncle’s spirits were lifted by his niece’s honesty. Several other soldiers and staff also had their day brightened by the event. Each time Dorrie came back to visit, they would hold bird drawing contests. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.
3 years later, Dorrie was killed in a car accident. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been sent in by soldiers, nurses and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.
Draw a Bird Day was never declared an official holiday, but it grew through those soldiers and medical personnel and their families. Today, it is celebrated world wide as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering.
It’s not about drawing skills, but about having fun & sharing your drawings.