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Sophomores raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief

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The Bracelets for Harvey cost $7, and the profit went to JJ Watt's relief foundation.

The Bracelets for Harvey cost $7, and the profit went to JJ Watt's relief foundation.

Kristen Eng

Kristen Eng

The Bracelets for Harvey cost $7, and the profit went to JJ Watt's relief foundation.

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, 78 campuses in HISD were forced to delay school for two weeks and for Bellaire High School the start of the semester came three weeks late. The storm left hundreds of Bellaire students struggling to fix damages, hundreds who were assisting others, and hundreds who simply enjoyed the extra time off. However, three sophomores decided to spend this time making bracelets and their simple idea gave way to a fundraiser known to the community as Bracelets for Harvey.

Sophomores Irin Toh, Joy Li and Mona Ou Yang are the creators of the Instagram account, “bracelets4harvey”. They took pictures of different designs and posted customizable string and bead options in hopes that a simple piece of jewelry could raise money, the proceeds of which would go towards the greater total of the Mayor’s Harvey relief fund.

“Even though we weren’t affected by the flood, we couldn’t volunteer at any of the shelters,” Toh said. “We still wanted to help so we decided to sell bracelets.”

As interested followers began to order, the word of this small fundraiser spread. The trio was kept busy hand-making each bracelet for donations far beyond their original goal. Each bracelet took 20 minutes to make and ranged from three to five dollars. In addition to satisfying the target goal of aiding Harvey victims, the three also learned valuable business skills in the process.

“We had to balance out the customers’ desire for the bracelets with the prices,” Li said. “We couldn’t make the bracelets too cheap or too expensive.”

It was not just about the money, either. The thought to help others was something to learn from on its own. The group did not profit from the fund but were glad to help the community when help was needed most. Although the fundraiser came to an end as school began and there was no time to continue production, the group was able to donate $300 and sold over 60 bracelets.

“We don’t want them to tell us thank you. We’re just doing something good,” Ou Yang said.

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