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February 2, 2014

OUR VIEW: Don't think you can't change the world

If you ever find yourself feeling small and unable to make a difference in the world, remember 9-year-old Abby Williamson.

The Caston fourth-grader has been putting a craft kit she received for Christmas to good use. With cases of the brightly colored elastic bands made by Creat-a-Loomz — we hear they’re all the rage these days with the young’ns — she’s making bracelets to sell to her friends.

She’s not using the money to go to the movies or buy a new video game. She’s raising money to give to an orphanage on the other side of the world. She’s spending her time to help children she’s never even met. Children she’ll likely never meet. If it wasn’t for her attendance at New Life Alliance Church in Logansport, it’s unlikely Abby would even know of the orphans’ existence. It was at church that Abby heard Sam John talk about the Fellowship Mission School for orphans in India.

When Abby’s story reached our newsroom, it was something we instantly knew we wanted to feature in the paper. A story of selfless love deserves to be told. When we published the story, Abby’s customers for the 50-cent bracelets had not stretched beyond her circle of friends and family.

It seemed others couldn’t help but tell Abby’s story. After publication on our website, the story was picked up by the Indianapolis Star and also appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle website.

As more news outlets started publishing Abby’s story on their websites, her circle of customers increased. She’s now getting orders from all over the state. A church in Carmel asked for 100 bracelets. Others have asked for just one or a couple bracelets but are paying up to $20 for them.

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