By Haley Sawyer
On Monday afternoon, the Glendale Fire Foundation received a $600 check from two generous donors.
One of whom is 6 years old, and the other, just 2.
Sisters Tuesday and Sunny Carroll have spent much of their at-home time during the COVID-19 pandemic painting. They decided to sell their art to raise funds for their local fire department and on Monday, delivered their donation of money as well as three paintings to firefighters at Glendale Fire Station 29.
“It’s pretty good here,” said Tuesday, 6, after she and Sunny were given a tour of the station. “I really liked the firetrucks.”
Although Tuesday and Sunny might not realize how large the amount of money they raised is, or the impact their actions will have on their local fire station, the firefighters are grateful.
“There’s been so much stress in the world lately with COVID and the fires and the quarantine, and generally life being locked down,” said Operations Battalion Chief Todd Tucker. “When we got the call about these girls and what they wanted to do and how they wanted to help, it’s just one of those goose-bumps feelings that let you know that there’s still a lot of good in this world.”
Tuesday and Sunny painted throughout the summer, and soon the walls of the Carrolls’ home were covered in their creations. Outside of those walls, however, wildfires raged across Southern California and up and down the West Coast.
The two sisters were learning about damaged air quality and other consequences of wildfires. They already had the idea to share their paintings with their family, and had begun considering giving artwork to the firefighters.
“And then it kind of rolled into, well, if we ask our family and friends to donate for them, essentially, then maybe we can make an impact,” said Corinne Carroll, the girls’ mother.
“We wanted to give some money to the firemen because we had a lot of paintings,” added Tuesday. “We started sharing them with our family and we thought of the firemen and the fires, so we spread it out to the firemen.”
The family created a website in a matter of two days and listed the paintings for $10 apiece. Each painting is original and titled by the sisters, with names such as “The Ocean of Your” and “It’s Not a Turtle.”
The method, according to Corinne, was to paint one day, then the next day hang the artwork and create a title card out of masking tape. After that, it was packed up and shipped out.
Within two weeks, just about all of the paintings listed at sunnyandtuesday.bigcartel.com were selling fast and Tuesday and Sunny had $600 in hand.
Although Tuesday and Sunny continue to paint, the art sale is over — at least for now.
“We really liked it and we wish we can do it again,” said Tuesday.
As the two sisters meandered through the station, the firefighters who helped the girls climb in and out of the trucks — and, coincidentally, drove Corinne in one of those trucks to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital when she gave birth to Sunny — hope that others are inspired by the thoughtful art sale.
“I think if we could look at the example that these girls are setting, that it doesn’t matter how old you are or what your position in this community is, you can still make a difference,” said Tucker. “You can still have a voice in just one person just as these two girls are displaying. These two girls are going to make a huge difference for the Glendale Fire Foundation.”