March 28, 2014 3:01 pm
Updated: March 30, 2014 10:49 pm

Burnaby girl with autism auctions off paintings for charity

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“I want to paint. I want to make kids happy.”

That is the reason that five-year-old Linden gave her mother Jessica Norman for wanting to auction off her work to raise money for charity helping children.

Linden suffers from high-functioning autism, but her mom says the fundraiser is all about her daughter’s talent for painting.

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“Art is how she expresses herself. It is something that she really enjoys doing. It is something that makes her feel calm,” says Norman. “I do not want the focus to be on her autism. I believe in ability. I believe that Linden has this amazing talent, and I want people to want to donate to charity because of what she is doing, not because she has autism.”

Linden plans to have 20 paintings ready for the auction on Sunday.

She has only four more left to go.

And Norman says she’s been working non-stop to get it done.

“She has an amazing heart. I am really proud of her.”

To bid for Linden’s paintings go to Linden’s Art Fundraiser Facebook page from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 30. Each painting will go to the highest bidder as of 8 p.m.

All proceeds from the auction will go to BC Children’s Hospital and the Canucks Autism Network, which Linden also benefits from.

PHOTO GALLERY: Linden’s paintings to be auctioned off this weekend 

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