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Raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Sofia Zhiminaicela, Hampton Bays

Cancer is a serious sickness that changes lives. We have lost many family members and friends because of cancer. Together we decided to do something about it. We had heard about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and that they treat their patients regardless of their ability to pay. We decided to fundraise for them to help pay for others who need our help.

We spent a long time debating the best ways to raise money. Rainbow loom bracelets were a big craze and everyone was buying, making and selling bracelets from these fun rubber bands. We and a few of our classmates started making bracelets, keychains and other jewelry. We even started making jewelry at home to sell at school. As we started to spread the word about our fundraising by hanging posters and speaking to other students, our fundraising grew.

One day at school we were presented with an opportunity to sell our bracelets at the school’s annual gala. We attended the gala and represented our charity. It was a sophisticated event with lots of adults watching us. We sold our jewelry and keychains for $5, and it was a success! We sold all our bracelets that night!

The guests were impressed with us and our accomplishment, as well as our idea to fundraise and our care for others in need — people we didn’t know. They were happy to see children giving back in the world and doing good for others. The guests did not know who we were, but they were glad that we decided to create this amazing charity. By the end of the night, we had sold more than $2,000 worth of rainbow loom creations! The school’s foundation decided to donate to our charity and contributed $500. During the gala, we were even acknowledged for our work and cause that sold out in just a few hours.

In total, we raised about $2,600 at the end of our fundraiser. When we donated the money to St. Jude’s, they were extremely grateful for the amount of money that we raised and impressed with the time we took to plan and make the bracelets. We loved helping, and knowing that we helped give other children a chance at life made it worth it.

Meagan Miller’s students, Ivy League School, Smithtown

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