MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- It's not the kind of art studio that screams creativity.
In fact, it's just a back room adjacent to the warehouse floor where Exceed Enterprises provides vocational and personal development services for people with disabilities. However, in this back room Angel Machado creates passionate paintings with the intent of paying it forward.
When she was 3, Angel began receiving treatment at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The doctors and nurses there not only saved her life, but they became her second family. For this reason, she is committed to doing her part to give back to the people that helped her.
Through Exceed Enterprises' "Emerge Art Program," Angel has been guided through the basics of painting. Director Lynn Papazian started the program to give participants a way to turn their art into personal income, but Angel wanted to use the platform for a greater good.
Angel's paintings are for sale in the lobby of the Exceed Enterprises' office, located at 5285 SE Mallard Way in Milwaukie, and her goal is to raise $1,000, which she will then donate to Doenbecher Children's Hospital.
Instead of attaching a sale price, Angel sets a minimum suggested donation hoping people's kindness will help her reach her goal faster.