OPA-LOCKA, Fla. -

Dozens of children used paintbrushes to spread holiday cheer Monday as they created a mural at an affordable housing complex.

The Pinnacle Housing Group partnered with the MLK Community Mural Project and hired young residents to decorate a 100-foot mural that surrounds the property's soccer field.

"We find that artwork gathers love, interest, debate," said Louis Wolfson III with the Pinnacle Housing Group. "Some people like it, some people don't like it."

The young artists planned to use their earnings to buy Christmas gifts.

"I'm going to make $25 and buy something for my mom," said one.

Organized brought in professional artists, like Wolf Senatus, to guide the youngsters.

"Ever since they gave me the chance, the opportunity to do art, it's not just about the money -- it's about the change that I'm making in these kids lives," said Senatus

"If we can teach people at a very young age, it sticks with them the rest of their lives," added Wolfson.