HOLLAND, Ark. (KTHV) – A sixth grade student at Greenbrier Middle School is using her crafting skills to make a difference in her community. Her goal is to feed the hungry in Arkansas, one bracelet at a time.
“I like to make bead necklaces and bracelets,” said Skylar Pitman.
For some, it's a hobby, but for 12-year-old Skylar Pitman, it's a passion.
“If art counts as a subject then art,” laughed Pitman.
The sixth grader at Greenbrier Middle School is using her creativity to help others in need.
“If I didn't have my family and I was growing up in foster care I would probably feel rejected. Like nobody needed me and it would make me really, really sad,” said Pitman.
Through a friend at school, Skylar learned about Soaring Wings Ranch, a home for neglected, abandoned and abused children. She discovered a home would soon be opening specifically for infants and toddlers and that got her to thinking.
“We’ve got a list from them about the stuff that they need: bottles, diapers and wipes a stuff like that,” said Pitman.
“I started talking with my family and we came up with starting a wish bracelet campaign. We started a page on Facebook called the ‘Sky’s the Limit,’” said Pitman.
Photos: Arkansas 12-year-old on a mission to feed the hungry
With the help of her mom, stepmom and the rest and her family, Skylar handcrafted hundreds of bracelets to sell online, each one a little different, but all with a special message.
“It has a saying on there that says ‘Close your eyes and make a wish, then tie this bracelet around your wrist. When the bracelet breaks in two, I hope your wishes and hopes come true.’ It says ‘handcrafted with love by Skylar Pitman,’” said Pitman.
Over the course of two weeks, Skylar was able to raise nearly $1,000. That money will go towards filling the pantry at Soaring Wings Ranch with food and formula for the infants and toddlers.
“That's very humbling. When you have a 12-year-old that sees the need, steps up and makes a difference and makes some sacrifices,” said Andrew Watson, Founder and Executive Director of Soaring Wings Ranch.
Skylar isn’t done fundraising; she’s busy making more bracelets and creating new campaigns, with a goal to help other organizations that feed the hungry in Arkansas.
“I hope it inspires them to help others because that is a great thing to do,” said Pitman.
For more information about Skylar's campaign or to make a donation, visit the Sky’s the Limit Facebook page.
For more information about Soaring Wings Ranch and to learn how you can help, click here.