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Published on March 30, 2020

Seven-year-old artist helps drive donations for those “saving the world”  

Izzy Paint Donations

Big hearts sometimes come in small packages.

Take Isabelle Campos, 7, for example.

Izzy, as she prefers to be called, is a first-grader at the Kenneth C. Coombs School in Mashpee. She’s also an artist who has been painting since kindergarten. She likes painting because “you can explore with different techniques.”

So, when the COVID-19 wave hit, and it looked like school was going to be out for a while, Izzy’s mother, Amanda Campos, rushed to the craft store to stock up on art materials. And Izzy’s stepdad, Dylan Stewart, created a craft corner where she could paint.

Izzy went to work and pretty soon she had a stash of acrylic paintings: a lighthouse, a rainbow, even a Kobe Bryant No. 24 jersey that was a special order for her godmother.

Then real inspiration struck.

“I wanted to make some money,” she says. So, she decided to sell the paintings. She set her prices at around $5, $10 or $15 and in one day, sold 10 to family and friends. She made $66.

But something happened that touched what her mother describes as her “big heart.” She asked her mom if she could go over to her grandmother’s house. But her grandmother, Maria Reis, and her aunt, Pollyanna Reis, are both nurses at Harbor Community Health Center in Hyannis. With the risk of COVID-19, Izzy couldn’t see them.

“I had to sit down and explain to Isabelle a little further what was going on,” said Amanda, an administrative assistant at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis. “Later that night, she said, ‘I want to help.’”

Izzy donated the $66 to Cape Cod Healthcare to help fight the coronavirus.

Next, she and her mom created a video for Izzy’s Instagram page (@glitterbelle.c), saying all proceeds from the sale of her paintings would go to Cape Cod Healthcare so “all the doctors can get what they need.”

“They’re saving the world,” Izzy says in the video. “They are literally saving the world.”

CCHC Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Christopher Lawson praised Izzy’s generosity and creativity.

“One of the amazing things about our community in times like this, is the incredible human response,” he said. “There is not a more profound example of this than Izzy’s fundraising work to support CCHC’s efforts in fighting COVID-19. Izzy sets a terrific example for all of us.”

You can order one of Izzy’s paintings through her Instagram page or email (glitterbelle224@gmail.com), or she will paint you one in exchange for proof you made a donation to the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation.

As her mom put it, “We, as a community, are all in this together.”