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Goleta preschooler sells art to help families separated in immigrant crisis

Rocky: 'I use markers for the Earth & the people'

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Art and politics at the tender age of 4?  Yep.  At least in one Goleta area household.

"Some parents have come to the United State to have a better place and get more money," Rocky Wilgus said.

He also mentioned "jail" and "President Trump." 

His mother, Laura, said Rocky has learned about family separations at the border through his parents' conversations at home.  

"Kids just really understand and have that sense of optimism and empathy," Laura said. 

So, when Rocky learned more about children being separated from their parents during the current immigration crisis, he put pen to paper. And marker. And, his new-found writing skills.

Rocky's cards and drawings are selling for $3.50 apiece on Etsy. Money raised is being donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) for reunification purposes.

"I used the pen for the words and I used the markers for the Earth and the people and the heart," Rocky said, as he pointed to one of his pictures.

"This is 'The whole world is made of love. And love wins,' which he came up with himself," his mom Laura said, as she read his message. "And this is a family all holding hands, and here's a rainbow heart. He's just learning how to write so it took a really long time." 

Laura said so far, Rocky's handmade artwork has raised $500 dollars. A family friend is selling the cards and drawings on the Poppy and Peony Designs website on Etsy.

To see the Families Belong Together Greetings, click here: 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PoppyAndPeonyDesigns


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