BY MARISSA GALLO, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:31 AM EDT, June 8, 2012
Refunds and bills for money owed to the government weren't the only things to come out of this past tax season.
Local accounting firm Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra relieved some stress by exercising their creativity, too.
The firm's Bel Air office worked as a team to paint a mural that was donated to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's pediatric emergency room Thursday.
Cartoon sea creatures — fish, shrimp and even a frog — were painted on three large canvases, and when hung side-by-side creates a fantastic mural for the children to gaze at.
"The idea of art therapy isn't new," said Marketing Coordinator Carol Frontera in a news release, "but it was new to most of the staff here at the firm."
Though the original idea was to give the staff's minds a rest from the hectic tax season, out of the stress-relieving activity came a wonderful piece of artwork.
"This was the premise of the idea, to encourage the staff to use the creative side of their brain and give the analytical side a brief rest. Working toward the goal of donating the murals where hospitalized children can enjoy them is just one more benefit of a project like this," Frontera said.
Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra's Lutherville office also came up with its own pieces of art and donated them to University of Maryland Children's Hospital on May 21.
"During the busy tax season, focusing on giving back to our communities by making something children will enjoy helped motivate the staff to get creative and unleash their inner artist," the press release stated.
Benny Walker, Janet Gomes and Rayma McRoberts from Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra presented the paintings in red frames and walked them down to the pediatric unit.
Jerry Creighton, interim director of nursing for the emergency department, was thrilled with the donation.
"I'm very appreciative they took the time to do this," Creighton said. "I'm impressed [with] the quality of artwork."
Registered nurse Leah Seiler commented that the children in the unit will love the bright and colorful pictures.
"They love anything with vivid colors," she said. "It'll be a nice distraction for them."