The upcoming Adairsville Middle schooler works on her bracelets and keychains from two stations at her Cassville home. Proceeds from the sales of her crafts are donated to needy families.
“For a long time I’ve been wanting to help families, and I finally told my mom about it,” Ashley said. Beginning in late May with funds donated by family, Ashley has raised more than $80 for a benefit scheduled for Saturday.
“Her birthday was May 7 and she’d gotten some money, and she went and bought a little kit from Wal-Mart and that’s how she got started with it,” said her mother, Amanda Hall.
Using paracord, Ashley makes various style bracelets and keychains, along with rubber band loom items.
“I got this book down here and it gives me several different ideas,” Ashley said of the paracord merchandise. “I’ve always liked crafts and one day we went somewhere and seen the paracord stuff. It’s actually pretty easy.”
Amanda Hall said the items are created using various lengths of paracord and are durable.
Keychains cost $4 and bracelets $6 and prices include shipping; roughly 50 percent of the price is donated to the cause Ashley selects.
“... She’s actually done special orders with names in them, and she charges, I think it’s 25 cents per charm and if they order more they get a deal,” Amanda Hall said.
Saying she enjoys creating “pretty much all of it,” Ashley sells her items through Facebook and will look to expand in the future.
“She’s got a Facebook page and we’re going to set her up — Storenvy’s the only one I can think of. We’re going to link it to her Facebook,” her mother said, adding items have shipped to Ohio and Michigan in the two weeks since Ashley began.
For the middle-schooler who wants to be a mechanic or own a crafts business, helping others feels “pretty good.”
“Well, actually, [I] feel excellent because I’m helping other people,” Ashley said.
The feeling also is “overwhelming” for the proud mom.
“... I’m just blessed to have her as a daughter. She’s done this all her life,” Amanda Hall said. “I mean, three or four years ago she donated her hair. She’s been growing it out ever since and is fixing to donate it again before school starts. ... She is just always going above and beyond and out of her way to help others. It’s just amazing.”
For more information on Ashley’s Crafts for a Cause, visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ashleyscraftsforacause.