When 7-year-old Jewish Chicagoan Hayley Orlinsky overheard a news report that hospitals were running out of masks, she sprang into action.
"I decided I can make bracelets to help because I saw they're in a struggle," said Orlinsky, who had recently learned how to make plastic loop bracelets.
She told her mother, Lori, that she'd like to sell the bracelets for $3 each, or 2 for $5, and donate the money to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she was born. Her project has soared far above her goal-she has donated over $18,000 to help the hospital purchase masks and other personal protective equipment.
Her customers include Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker,
cast member Miguel Cervantes, and White Sox sportscaster Jason Benetti.
"Hayley represents hope during a dark time. Her bracelets are bright and pretty; people look down at them and smile and forget what's going on in the world," Lori said.
As the enthusiasm for the project grows, Hayley has recruited friends to help her keep up with the increased demand of orders. "My life is eat, sleep, and make bracelets!" she enthused.
To learn more about Hayley's bracelet project, visit bit.ly/hayleybracelets or email firstname.lastname@example.org.