Boy earns cash from drawings to assist kids

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A 6-year-old Wichita boy sold his drawings to raise money for children. Inspired by his kindness, KWCH12 and DeVaughn James Injury lawyers decided to help him so he could help even more children.

Worried about children who didn’t have a coat to keep them warm, Ben Jobe decided to sell his drawings to neighbors to raise some money.

Pictures are Ben’s means of expression. He has apraxia, a disease that affects his speech.

“With apraxia, you know what to say, but it’s an engine planning problem, so he just couldn’t figure out how to say it,” said his mother, Lacy Jobe.

Ben has come a long way and used pictures to help him during therapy. He still loves to draw.

His mother was proud of her son and posted what he was doing on Facebook. People were touched and the donations came in.

“It went from a small thing to a big thing,” said Jobe.

In the end, Ben raised more than $ 1,000 that he donated to two Wichita organizations that help children: Dear Neighbor Ministries and StepStone.

“I was amazed,” said Kim Lambertz, who serves as executive director of both organizations.

Dear neighborhood ministries serves families in the Hilltop neighborhood, offers a pantry and activities for children.

“Hilltop is one of the most densely populated low-income areas in the city and we know families in our neighborhood need a lot of support,” said Lambertz.

StepStone provides a safe place for domestic violence survivors. According to Lambertz, around 50 children live in StepStone’s apartments at any given time.

“When his mother told me what he was doing, I thought it was very cool. I mean what a cool kid. And how happy they wanted to do it for us and for our children? “Said Lambertz.

We told Ben we wanted him to draw another picture. he drew us several. Attorneys KWCH12 and DeVaughn James Injury “bought” it from him for $ 1,200. That’s another $ 600 for each organization.

“You are a wonderful family and this is a wonderful child who does great things,” said Lambertz.

The Jobes hope to make this an annual tradition.

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