Who we are, What we do
Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Every month we mail thousands of new drawings to all the people on our mailing list.
School children, scouting troops, and anyone of any age, can volunteer to color and help us spread smiles.
Over the last 25 years, Color A Smile has given out over 1 million drawings… That’s a lot of smiles!
Color A Smile provides volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of helping others.
Color A Smile does not charge anyone to receive our drawings. We never rent, sell or exchange our mailing list.
Color A Smile is grateful for donations of any size. We promise that we will always use our resources efficiently and responsibly. Please click here if you would like to donate.
- We believe that everyone has the ability to help someone else.
- We believe that cheerful drawings put smiles on people’s faces.
- We believe that when children are involved with meaningful volunteer projects, they are very likely to continue to volunteer as adults.
Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Teach a child to fish, you could feed the world!
Color A Smile was started by Jerry Harris in the early 1980’s. While at a friend’s house, Jerry noticed the colorful artwork on their refrigerator door. Jerry knew that in a few years his refrigerator would have plenty of cheerful drawings from his then infant son. The idea of collecting crayon drawings from kids and sending the drawings to senior citizens appealed to Jerry and his wife Susanne. They thought this would be a simple way to bring joy to the lives of elderly people that often feel forgotten. Color A Smile started by distributing a few drawings to some local nursing homes. Our program has grown tremendously and today we mail thousands of drawings every month to people all across the country. We also distribute cheerful artwork to our military troops overseas. We receive thousands of thank you letters, from the recipients, confirming that our program does spread smiles and reminds people that someone is thinking of them. Color A Smile has distributed well over a million drawings since we started. Even though the program was started mainly to benefit the seniors that receive the drawings, the response from the volunteers that do the coloring has been overwhelming. Our volunteers are always praising our program for allowing people of all ages and abilities, to realize they are capable of helping someone else.
Color A Smile provides volunteer opportunities
for people of all ages and abilities
to experience the joy of helping others.
Color A Smile is a 501 (C) (3) Non-profit organization