Minnesota Kids Use Bracelets to Raise Money, Awareness for Social Justice, Community Businesses

Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice Courtesy Photo

Some unlikely heroes in Minneapolis have raised $100,000 to support black-owned businesses and neighborhoods—and they’re only 9-years-old.

Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends were bored one day, so, in order to have a little bit of fun, they had the bright idea to sell some bracelets. Rather than just keep the money for themselves, Kamryn’s mom suggested it would be nice to do something positive for others—and the kids agreed.

“Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice” was born.

The kiddos hoped to make a small impact with their enterprise, but since May 30, these altruistic children have managed to raise almost $100,000.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Kamryn’s dad is super proud.

“She made over $800 the first day,” her dad, former NFL player Ron Johnson, told WCCO News. “She has blisters on her fingers now; she’s been working hard.”

Even though the bracelets cost $5, people have paid $20, $50, even $100 to support the cause. In addition to selling bracelets—each woven with different colors—they have collected online donations on a GoFundMe campaign that has tallied $46,000.

The money will help community organizations helping provide food and necessities to the needy.

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