“I can’t believe I’m still working for this company,” said Tanya Hennigan, a 31-year-old graphic designer from New York.
“This was the first time I was able to come back and see it work and to be a part of it.”
Hennig was part of a small team that designed green kid projects for kids.
The kids are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity to craft their own crafts and make something unique with their materials.
Hennigans father is a certified organic farmworker and a small business owner in New York City.
Henna’s mother works in retail and her father is an environmental activist.
“My father worked with kids in his day jobs, but he never had the time to help them do it, and he never thought he could,” Hennigs father, Anthony, said.
“And I was going to do it for him.”
Henna and Anthony both had the opportunity to be part of the Green Kid Crafts team that created a Christmas tree.
The tree is now a Christmas ornament and a holiday decoration at the Henniens home in Queens.
“We have so many amazing children who have so much talent,” Anthony said.
In addition to the kids crafts, Henniks father works as a chef and her mother is a pastry chef at a popular restaurant in the New York area.
Hynagans mother also works as an elementary school teacher in the United States.
She is the first immigrant to teach English as a second language.
“I always wanted to make a living in the arts, but I always wanted my kids to have the opportunity so I could teach them,” Hynags mother said.
After being selected as the winner of the annual Green Kid Competition, the Hynaghans are planning to bring their tree to their hometown of New York in December.
“That tree will go up in January, and we will have our wedding reception in February,” Hernagans father said.
The Green Kid competition was started in 2013 to encourage kids to take part in creative and artistic endeavors that support the environment.
The competition, which is open to kids ages 6 to 12, allows parents and teachers to nominate their favorite projects.
The winner of each year’s contest is awarded $100 to purchase a handmade project.
The Hynaga family said they plan to make more green kid craft projects this year.
“If I have to be one of those kids who can’t make a gift, I can’t,” Anthony Hynagan said.