Six-year-old entrepreneur donates profits to charity
Emma Hollanti says she chose Boys and Girls Clubs because they help kids and "have fun stuff"
A six-year-old entrepreneur has donated the proceeds from her rainbow bracelet business to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay.
Emma Hollanti raised the $164 by selling about 50 of the bracelets, she said Wednesday during a presentation at the Windsor Street facility.
"I have a Facebook page. I've got my own business. I get orders of what colours and what type of bracelet, and I make them for the person," she said.
Emma makes the bracelets on a Rainbow Loom, a toy that helps children make jewelry out of small, coloured rubber bands.
Previously, she raised money for charity by selling cupcakes at the Dirty Girls Mud Run.
She also grew her hair long and donated it to make a wig for someone with cancer.
Emma said she got interested in raising money for charity, "because I want to help people and pets to have food."
Boys and Girls Clubs salutes donors of all sizes
"A hundred and sixty four dollars will pay for probably a supper club. Every Friday we feed about 150 kids a good meal," said Boys and Girls Clubs executive director Albert Aiello. "A little bit from many people goes a long way."
Emma presented her cheque at the organization's annual open house, which featured several inflatable attractions for kids.
"We're very very proud of our young little entrepreneur," Aiello said.
The initiative comes from Emma
Her mother, Diane, said the fundraising projects are all Emma's ideas, and her family does not push her.
"If any time she said she didn't want to do this, we would put a stop to it. She is completely in control and we are really grateful that she wants to do what she wants to do," she said.
"Emma as a six-year-old is so interested in giving that we just want to do anything we can to get her name out there," she added. "We have no problems promoting Emma as a role model to other children."
Hollanti said a neighbour offered to design Emma's web site and serves as her business mentor.