Saint Constantine Student Uses Art to Help Harvey Victims
HOUSTON, TX – In the weeks following the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, 16-year old Isaiah Wakeham used his art to raise thousands of dollars of support for Texas flood victims. He designed the Texas Doodle shirt and has posted it for sale on his website, Lucky Stripe Designs. 100% of proceeds go to local church Bayou City Fellowship’s Harvey Relief Fund. Isaiah is a junior at The Saint Constantine School in Houston, TX.
Isaiah watched with deep concern as Hurricane Harvey’s direct hit damaged relatives’ homes in Victoria and Goliad. When the tropical storm turned to Houston and flooded his own neighborhood, Isaiah helped rescue residents by boating them to shelters. He spent next week pulling soaked sheetrock, cutting out carpet, and loading the debris of people’s homes into his truck to haul to dumpsters. But Isaiah wanted to do more. So he decided to design and sell T-shirts and donate the profits to flood victims, many of whom he knows personally. The funds are channeled through Bayou City Fellowship’s Harvey Relief Fund (separate from the church budget).
New York Times best-selling author/ illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka and author Amy Mascott heard about Isaiah’s heart and art. Mascott said, “When I see cool people doing great things for the world, I smile, but when I see cool kids doing great things for the world, I want to sing and dance crazy around the kitchen. This amazing kid Isaiah created this Texas doodle T-shirt and is donating all of the money he raises to support families impacted by the hurricane. Amazing, right?”
Isaiah’s artwork has garnered international attention from London-based parkour team Storror as well as from Christian musicians Robbie Seay and Travis Cottrell. Isaiah’s goal is to gather support from people outside of the cities ravaged by Harvey to draw resources into communities in desperate need. The Texas Doodle shirt is available in kid’s sizes, women’s cut, and select colors. To participate in these fundraising efforts by purchasing a shirt, please visit Isaiah’s website here.