Reese shows love through her drawings
Much like her father did when he was alive, Reese Schroeder, 5, is now making an impact on many people's lives.
Reese began making greeting cards in her art class in Albertville when her father was ill in the hospital. Reese's teacher, Julie Bauman, wanted to help the family and decided on an art project in which she she and Reese worked after school for two weeks, helping her draw pictures of animals that would be printed on cards.
Bauman's idea was to sell the cards to help the family pay for medical expenses. Bauman got a local printer to donate print costs and then recruited several volunteers to help package the cards. A packet of six cards sells for $10.
With the maturity of an adult, Reese was featured on WCCO-TV and spoke eloquently about her father.
"I wanted to make cards to help my daddy," she told viewers. "But I can't help him no more because he died. I feel kind of happy that he chose to go with Jesus but I do feel kind of sad that he's not with us."
Reese is continuing to make the cards now that her father has passed.
"The money is for mommy to help her because daddy's not here anymore," she said softly when interviewed on KTIS, a Christian radio station in the Twin Cities.
A set of cards along with a special note from Reese was buried with Jon.
Reese's cards have been selling so well now that the website cardsbyreese.com has been established and is expected to be up and running next week. Volume has now outgrown the previous local printer's capacity so Bauman recruited another printer to donate his services in printing thousands of sets of cards.
People can also indicate interest in the cards by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of Facebook can join the group Cards by Reese.
Reese and her teacher are in the planning stages of new set of cards which will feature bugs and flowers.