Olivia Todd is one of our most creative fundraisers - and she’s only 10 years old.
This inspiring young lady was busy all through the Christmas season making special products for her latest money-making venture: Prayer balls!
In a stroke of holiday genius, Olivia came up with a way to celebrate her faith, the power of Christmas and a looming new year, and help women and children in Ethiopia at the same time.
Here’s how Olivia describes her fundraiser: “I made prayer balls to hang on the Christmas tree, where you write down on a small piece of paper a prayer you have for the upcoming year, and place it inside the ball to view as a family the following Christmas!”
And they were popular!
At times, Olivia had so much interest in her fundraiser that she had a hard time managing the demand. She’s already presented our founder, Shelley Green, with a cheque for $200 as a result of her hard work.
“I had a lot of orders all at once so it was challenging to keep up! Creating all of the papers to go along with the prayer balls was challenging for me because I had to learn to write neatly with an ink pen,” she said of the pre-Christmas rush.
But Olivia is a big fan of Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia and the work we do for kids just like her.
“I care about children who don’t have what I have and I want to help them and their families. I really love this organization and I’ve been finding creative ways to donate to them since I was six years old,” she said.
It’s pretty phenomenal to see young people like Olivia embrace charitable giving at such a young age. We are so blessed to have her in our corner.
But Olivia tells us it feels like a reward for her, too.
“This project made me feel great inside. I felt happy to help in my small way and I hope it will inspire other kids to help, too.”