- In the middle of a health crisis and social issues that prompted the movement Black Lives Matter, many people have stepped up to help others — including the young ones!
- Kamryn Johnson, a 9-year-old girl, has decided to do what she can to help her neighbors by selling her handmade bracelets to raise funds for people in need.
- With the help of her friends and family, her initiative has raised $70,000 so far!
The Black Lives Matter Movement and protests across the country have inspired many people to contribute in whatever way they can.
For Kamryn Johnson, a 9-year-old girl from Chanhassen, Minnesota, it is only natural to think of her neighbors’ welfare especially in these times of need. She and her sister Quinn, were both raised to love and care for others. That is why, with the passing of George Floyd, she decided to do what she can to help Minneapolis communities nearby.
Since Kamryn has a skill for making colorful and super cute friendship bracelets, she sets up a table outside and starts selling them to raise funds for people struggling in the middle of the pandemic. She started the project back in May and she included in her goals to help businesses that were affected by the current crisis and the riots — especially those managed by people of color.
With the help of her five neighbor friends, she called their venture: “Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice.”
They spent their summer days making and selling creative bracelets which costs $1-5 per piece.
Her dad, Ron Johnson, a former NFL player and now a radio sports analyst, pitched in to help boost his little girl’s project by taking it on air, and letting other listeners know about it! Well, that was a great idea!
Customers started coming and lining up to buy their bracelets. Donations poured in their GoFundMe page, and even sports stars — including Anthony Adams, Harrison Smith, and Chad Greenway — contributed to the cause.
So far, the children have raised a whopping $70,000! With $10,000 of that came from Little Caesars! The best part is, their initiative has prompted discussions about matters that are most important in the community.
“Not only are we getting to have these conversations that we normally wouldn’t want to have, people are willing to do differently, to act different, so this world can be changed,” Kamryn’s mom, Shani Johnson, told GMA.
“Every day you are on this earth, it is your job to pass on as much love and empathy as you can,” Ron said. “Our daughter has reminded us of that.”
Source: Inspire More