A young Machesney Park girl gives new meaning to the term "helping hands." An idea she came up with, links homemade bracelets to providing for those less fortunate.
A few weeks ago, 9 year-old Natylee Sinkiawic started her own business. It all began with a bracelet-making kit her mom bought for her. She creates the bracelets, sells them and others profit.
"Instead of just selling them and getting the money for me, I decided maybe I could raise the money to make blankets for the homeless." -Natylee explains.
In less than a month, she's made about 200 bracelets and raised $250.
"I sold them to some of the doctors my mom works for. I sold them to some of the teachers at my school, some of my aunt's friends and my friends bought them too."
Natylee charges $1 a bracelet, but some customers think they're worth even more because of what she's accomplishing.
"They'll only buy one, but they'll give me like $4. Some people would just come up and give me money because of what I was doing and everything." -she says.
The money Natylee raises, she spends on fabric which she'll turn in to fleece tie blankets. So far, she has more than 20 pieces that will create a layer of warmth for people who need it most.
"Some of them will go to the Harlem School District, so that they can ship them off to the place that they need to. The rest, I was thinking maybe I could send them to the Rockford Rescue Mission."
Natylee's already told workers at RRM.
"They think it's awesome."
She feels the same way, "It just makes me feel really good about myself."
Natylee says this could be a long-term act of kindness.
"As long as I don't run out of anything, or I don't get paused, I'm going to do it. I could even do it for the rest of my life."
Natylee's next step is to start making these blankets, but she'll also make bracelets and raise more money to keep buying fabric.
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