Courtney Bonomo Singletary – a Norco artist, wife and work-from-home mom of two boys – has raised over $5,000 for the United Way of St. Charles by selling Hurricane Ida inspired door hangers and T-shirts.
Singletary is the creative force behind Bonomo Art and regularly creates door hangers and yard signs that feature well-loved items from snowballs and gnomes to New Orleans-inspired cocktails and beloved cartoon characters. She and her family evacuated for Hurricane Ida.
“We were so scared that we were going to come home to nothing,” she said. “Thankfully my street did ok and thankfully my house did ok … we have some damage, but we still had a house to come home to.”
Singletary reached out to followers of her Facebook page to see if they would be interested in a door hanger that was storm related.
“Just to make something pretty out of it,” she said. “As I was hearing people were interested I thought this would be a great fundraiser so we can give back to the community. I painted them and thought they were cute, but I never thought I would sell a ton of them … it was very overwhelming in a good way.”
All proceeds will be donated to the United Way of St. Charles.
“I still haven’t seen how much I’m getting back from T-shirts yet,” she said. “I know the United Way does an amazing job, I just never thought that I would raise that much. Obviously I know St. Charles Parish is such a great community and everyone is just so great about supporting locals and helping each other. I just didn’t know if anyone would have money or time or interest in buying something like this at this time.”
Singletary said many customers have bought an Ida-inspired door hanger to hang on the camper they’ll be living in until their home in completely rebuilt.
“It’s just so awesome to see that even when people are going through such a hard time that they are willing to purchase and donate … some have even donated on top of the door hanger or T-shirt price,” she said. “Everyone is just so excited to have something made specifically for St. Charles Parish. I am so excited and honored … I never thought I would be able to do something like this. I thought maybe I couple raise a couple hundred dollars, but not five thousand.”
Executive Director for United Way of St. Charles John Dias said Singletary’s efforts are extremely appreciated.
“The ‘silver lining’ in an event like Hurricane Ida is the generosity of people like Courtney who go out of their way to help our community,” he said.
Singletary said the Ida items are available for sale on her Facebook page. While shipping is not available at this time, Norco pick-up and $5 local delivery is.