Black Lives Matter: Minnesota children raise $130K for communities in need by selling bracelets

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — In less than four months, six young girls in Minnesota have raised $130,000 selling bracelets with the proceeds benefitting communities struggling in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The project was launched by Kamryn Johnson, the 9-year-old daughter of former NFL wide receiver and University of Minnesota standout Ron Johnson.

Since May 30, Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets for Unity and Justice have helped people get necessities such as food and clothing, WCCO reported.

According to The Washington Post, the young business partners range in age from 5 to 12 and started making the colorful string bracelets while quarantining in a four-family bubble as novel coronavirus cases swept the nation.

What began as a pop-up shop on the Johnsons’ front lawn a few days after the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has now become part of the Black Lives Matter movement and is gaining momentum none of the young partners thought possible.

“Scheels is actually gonna carry 150 of these at the front lanes, and during football season during the fall, I think right around October, they’ll be in stores,” Ron Johnson told WCCO, referencing the sporting goods store that allowed the girls to hold their end-of-summer fundraiser at the Eden Prairie location on Sunday.

Another 500 bracelets will be offered for sale online this fall, Ron Johnson told the TV station.

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