Highlighting  Community Volunteerism

We are excited to hear about the volunteerism of young people within the community. In this issue, we feature two children who are donating their time to help causes for which they have a passion and connection. If you would like to share your story with us, please send a brief description and photo t editor@piedmontfamilymagazine.com.



In Prince William County, 6-year-old Emerie Mitchell, who is diagnosed with LCA, a rare degenerative retinal disease, has been working together with her family and another family to create Braille code dot shirts. Each shirt is hand-made and all proceeds are donated to the Curing Retinal Blindness Fund. The goal of this effort is to increase awareness of blindness and Braille literacy.




11-year-old Colton Collart from Culpeper County has taken his love for animals and turned it into something from which animals will benefit. He began making paracord bracelets and decided to donate every dollar he earns to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). As of this printing, Colton has raised $247.00.  A recent donation of a jig to hold the bracelet for him while making it has helped expedite their production. As a result of recent publicity, Colton has received a number of orders for his bracelets and has been able to fulfill all orders with the help of the jig.

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