by Mitchell Kirk Staff reporter
---- — A Logansport girl who spent this winter making and selling bracelets to raise funds for orphans in India recently presented the owner of an Indian orphanage with a check for $500.
When Abby Williamson, 9, Logansport, received cases of the brightly colored elastic bands made by Creat-a-Loomz popular among her age group last Christmas, she got to thinking she could sell the bracelets she made for 50 cents a piece and give the proceeds to an Indian orphanage whose owner regularly visits her church.
Speaking through email to accommodate her and her mother’s busy schedules, Abby said orders for her bracelets came in through March.
”Some people paid a lot more for one bracelet than was required,” Abby said. “People really liked what I was doing for other kids and wanted to donate money for the cause.”
Abby credits her friends, Erin Ulery and Alexa Early along with her brother, Matthew Shelton and mother, Kristen Williamson, with helping her make the bracelets.
Her aunt in Washington ordered several in the colors of the Seattle Seahawks, Abby said, and sold them there after the team won the Superbowl.
”I feel like I’ve done an amazing thing for kids that don’t have as much as we do in the United States,” Abby said. “I really don’t think I should take the credit though. God worked through me to accomplish his goal. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”
Abby presented Sam John, owner of the Precious Children Home in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, a check for the proceeds at New Life Alliance Church in Logansport last Sunday.
”I just have no words to explain what this little Abby has done,” John said in a phone interview. “If only every adult grownup person could be this concerned about others... things could be taken care of in this world.”
John went on to say the funds will be used for the orphans’ educational programs and materials. He said the orphanage has about 50 boys and girls ages 7 and up who are the children of criminals or children whose families have abandoned them.
John presented Abby with a gift as well last Sunday— a painting from his home country.
”It was one of the most fantastic pictures I have ever seen,” Abby said. My mom just brought it to be framed and I can’t wait to hang it in my house as a reminder of the good deed I helped God accomplish.”
Abby’s mom, Kristen Williamson, said she was “filled with joy” watching her daughter take on the task of making the bracelets and raising the funds.
”Normally kids her age still believe the world revolves around them and she was willing to look outside of herself and give to those in need,” Williamson said. “I hope that someday she looks back on the painting and realizes what a huge accomplishment she achieved. I thank our church, New Life Alliance, for opening our eyes to those who need us on the other side of the world.”
Williamson went on to cite Philippians 4:13, which reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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