Draw A Bird Day

On the 8th of April in 1943 a 7 year old Dorie Cooper went to visit her uncle in hospital, after he lost his right leg during the war... She requested he draw her a bird in an attempt to cheer him up. After laughing at his efforts she advised that it would still take pride and place on her bedroom wall.

Her honesty and acceptance lifted not only her uncles spirits, but those of the entire ward. Drawing competitions were held every time she visited, and soon the entire wards walls were decorated with drawings of birds.

Unfortunately 3 years later Dorie was killed after being hit by a car. Her coffin was filled with bird images drawn by soldiers, nurses and doctors. With that 'Draw A Bird Day' was born.

Today it is celebrated worldwide in a bid to express joy in the simplest of things. All you have to do to partake is draw a bird and share it with others...

Draw A Bird Day was established when 7 year old Dorie Cooper went to visit her uncle in hospital, after he lost his right leg during the war. She requested he draw her a bird in an attempt to cheer him up.