Two middle school girls create charity, sending 'Bundles of Hope' to those in need
OCONTO (WLUK) --Wrapped with care, and tied with hope, this bundle is meant to bring joy.
"We just want to let them know you can get through this, you can do this," said Myah Mlnarik, who created the charity.
The idea to give back to those in need all started as class project.
"So we thought of using tie blankets, and putting stuffed animals in them, and we called it 'Bundles of Hope'," said Hayden Beekmen, who also helped create the cause.
Since then, the project has grown, becoming a passion for 10-year-old Myah and 11-year-old Hayden.
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"Started off with just kids that were sick, and we kind of moved off from that and we did people who lost family members, other things like that," continued Hayden.
Through donations, the girls build the bundles, which also includes a "note of hope."
"The note is just to tell you, you're not alone, we know what's happening, and we just want to help," explained Myah.
Since October the girls have created, and sent out a total of seven bundles with a goal to reach beyond just Oconto County.
"From the money we get, we have the money to ship the boxes to whatever place we need to, so we want to be doing this outside of Oconto, and outside of Wisconsin," said Myah.
Myah and Hayden were able to work on the charity during class time as part of the newly created "Genius Hour" at Bayshore Community Academy.
"We wanted the students to take ownership of their learning at a specific time. We do this project once a week, Friday afternoon, and it really has turned into neat projects," said Rhonda Ross, Bayshore Community adviser.
When asked what the future holds, Myah replied, "I don't know, but I really want to continue doing this, not just in school, but outside of school, I want to put in the work, and I know Hayden does too."