A Delaware, Ohio, artist and member of Grace Church, Powell, Ohio (Jeff Stimpson, pastor), is featured today in the Delaware, Ohio, Gazette. Jeremy Rosario, who is a native Puerto Rican, is using a display of his artwork to bring attention to the needs following the devastating hurricane on the island last fall. Grace Church has come alongside him in the effort. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story.
Artwork on display for good cause
A local artist will have his work showcased at an art gallery in Dublin until March 30, and he hopes his work will bring hope to people who view it.
Jeremy Rosario, 43, a resident of Delaware, said the paintings in his seven-piece collection “The Heart of the Storm” were inspired by the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.
The collection will be displayed at the Diamond Cellar located at 6280 Sawmill Parkway, Dublin, from March 21 to March 30.
Rosario said he is originally from Puerto Rico and has family members that were affected by the hurricane last fall. Rosario said for months, he knew nothing about his family’s condition because all of the communication infrastructure in Puerto Rico was damaged.
“People lost everything they had,” Rosario said. “We starting sending boxes of food with the idea of providing hope and love. My sister told me goods were not getting to stores, and that’s when we took initiative.”
Rosario said his sister wanted to get some fruits for her children and waited in line for two hours at a grocery store before leaving empty-handed because there was no fruit. Upon arriving home, she discovered a box with pineapples and other fruit had been sent to her by Rosario.
“There are so many stories of how God provided,” Rosario said. “No way we could have orchestrated that.”
In the five months since he began sending boxes, Rosario said members of his church (Grace Church of Powell), friends, and complete strangers have been donating food for the cause. Rosario said children from his church began writing encouraging notes and Bible verses and including them in to boxes for children in Puerto Rico to read.
Rosario added he has sent roughly 250 boxes to Puerto Rico.
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