Kids are amazing.
Kamryn Johnson and five of her friends, who are only nine years old, have raised $100,000 to support their local Black-owned businesses and neighborhoods.
They started making bracelets on May 30th, simply because they were bored and looking for something to do. That's when they came up with the idea to start making bracelets and selling them at $5 a piece.
Kamryn and her friends made $800 in the FIRST DAY!
Ron Johnson, Kamryn's father, was a former NFL player and the sports community really rallied around the nine-year old entrepreneurs. It was her mom who suggested how nice it would be to do something positive for others—and thus Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice was born. People started purchasing the bracelets at above "market value", paying $20, $50 even $100 simply to support the cause.
They were collecting all the donations Venmo and written checks, which led Ron to start a GoFundMe campaign to keep all the funds in one location, which has currently raised $46k.
The funds are going back into their Minneapolis community, as many local businesses were hit hard by the Coronavirus shut downs and the damage from the riots/looting following the death of George Floyd. The GoFundMe campaign is set up specifically donate money and buy food/supplies for:
- Sanctuary Church Food Drive
- Kyle Rudolph Food/Supply Drive for Minneapolis
- Supplying funds to rebuild the businesses that were affected in the riots.
Through the charitable 501C3 account, they will be also donating money to the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce to support businesses who are unable to reopen.
Ron told CNN:
“Day after day, we’re having impactful conversations with so many people. So many of our community members have come by to drop off supplies, or just talk about things like racism and injustice; stuff that we don’t talk about very often."
This isn't your average lemonade stand. These kids are truly making a difference in their community.