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.
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.
© 2017 KTHV-TV