Raising funds and making it snappy
Owen Fredella wanted to raise money to help those struggling in the coronavirus pandemic, but wasn’t sure how. The 10-year-old was outside playing one day and saw one of his neighbors showing kids how to make bracelets out of multi-colored rubber bands by weaving them together.
He ordered a kit and decided to make them to sell to people to help fight the coronavirus. The cost was $1 each, $2 if he had to mail them.
The top-selling colors were red, white and blue, but a lot of people also ordered their school colors, said his mom, Jessica Fredella. While brainstorming how to use the funds, they saw a news clip on TV talking about food banks in need.
Owen’s goal was $200, but he raised $1,470 for Harry Chapin Food Bank. Many of his donors paid more than $1 for the bracelet, and others didn’t want a bracelet at all – just to donate to the cause.