If you want to use your gifts to help people, you’re not alone. But what if your strongest gift includes drawing and animating quirky characters?

Picture BooksRachel Tiep-Daniels and Margaret Wuller, both artists and animators for DreamWorks, recently volunteered at an orphanage in Ghana. While working there, they noticed something interesting: even on the other side of the world, in the midst of the deepest poverty, kids love Disney movies. They love color and creativity, and they need more venues to play with. Wuller and Tiep-Daniels quickly put together a solution. They would draw pictures for the kids, and then let the kids color them in. It was the ultimate coloring experience.

Eventually, Tiep-Daniels and Wuller got the news of their project out to the animation community, and over sixty different artists volunteered to contribute drawings. The project, now known as the Picture Book Project Foundation, sells fabulous coloring book that has both professionally filled out and colored pages and blank outlines for the children to complete, and the profits made from it go to orphanages in Ghana, Tijuana, and Cambodia.

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