For those looking for a way to work through the pain of Hurricane Michael, art can be one of the most therapeutic methods, which is why the international program ‘Stars of HOPE’ hosted a free event Saturday.
It was open to artists of all ages and they were invited to paint stars that will be sent to other disaster victims.
While other organizations focus on tangible relief, ‘Stars of HOPE’ is focused on the long-term mental health of the community.
The unique disaster response program hopes to provide a calming voice for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
“I hope that people know that there’s people out there that care about them, that we’re still thinking of you and you’re not alone. And hopefully you’ll see the stars and they’ll put a smile on your face knowing that your community cares and people outside your community care,” said Stephanie Wray, program manager for ‘Stars of HOPE.’ 
‘Stars of HOPE’ visited Deer Point Elementary Friday and let students design their own star. 
Those stars will be hung all over Bay County.