Piper Schrank, 8, and Marii Bell, 9, are spending their summer raising money for Blank Children’s Hospital.
The girls will be selling rubber band jewelry at an upcoming garage sale in Nevada on Saturday July 26 ONLY from 8 a.m. to noon at 1730 5th St.
“Everybody was wearing these bracelets,” said Schrank. “We decided we should give the profits to a charity.”
“All we would do is spend the money on things we didn’t need - like candy,” said Bell with a laugh.
Schrank and Bell and their mothers will also be selling a variety of baked goods in exchange for free-will donations from the public. Schrank’s cousin, Gage Eggman, is even donating his bike for the cause.
The best friends have raised nearly $50 already, with a goal of raising at least $500 to send to Blank Children’s Hospital. Besides the garage sale, the girls have also set up a stand outside Marii’s house and made some sales on the school bus. They’ve made flyers to pass out to their family and friends in the area, promoting their creations as well as the garage sale.
A representative from the hospital will be coming to meet the young business owners later.
“Maybe we can get one of those giant checks?!” said Bell.
The soon-to-be 4th graders have frequently used the Internet to discover how to make new designs of bracelets, necklaces and even rings.
They have experienced the highs and lows of owning a business. The girls have had much more success selling jewelry on the school bus than waiting for customers to come by in the Bells’ yard.
The two take turns buying the rubber band supplies. To raise the money for the rubber bands, the girls have also volunteered to take on more chores, like pulling weeds for 10 cents each.
“I had to stop at $15 because they pulled so many weeds one day,” said Piper’s mother Mandy.
Marii received a rubber band loom for Christmas, and now she and Piper work on their rubber band jewelry every time they’re together.
The girls have learned the value of a dollar and have improved their math skills throughout their time selling rubber band jewelry for their peers.
“Math is easy now,” said Bell.