Good Neighbors

Who Says Kids Can't Make A Difference? This 9-Year-Old Is Helping Her Community In A Huge Way

When she saw what happened in her town after the death of George Floyd, she wanted to do something to help.

When tragedy strikes, it's easy to feel helpless, like nothing you can do will make a difference. We're sure lot of people feel like this after the passing of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

Some people are showing their support by attending protests, while others are donating to causes and doing volunteer work in their communities.

One of the more inspiring efforts we've seen is what 9-year-old Kamryn Johnson is doing. She's been crafting and selling homemade friendship bracelets to help raise money for local businesses in her hometown that have been damaged by looting.

9-year-old Kamryn Johnson has been making and selling friendship bracelets to help raise money for people in need. @3RonJohnson

While Kamryn hasn't seen the tragic video that was filmed by onlookers, she has seen news footage of the aftermath of Floyd's death and has talked with her parents about what happened.

"I was really sad," Kamryn told the Pioneer Press. "I wanted to help."

So, Kamryn and her friends got together and thought of the idea of making friendship bracelets and selling them. Any money they made would go to helping the community.

Along with the bracelets, Kamryn and her crew have sold juice boxes, popsicles and Rice Krispie treats. @3RonJohnson

Kamryn's dad is Ron Johnson, a former football player for the Minnesota Gophers who also spent some time in the NFL. Johnson works as a football analyst for Fox-9, so he helped to get the word out about his daughter's project.

Kamryn and her crew have gotten some big donations from local businesses like Little Caesars. @3RonJohnson

After only a few days of sales, Kamryn and her friends raised over $10,000 in donations. Sports stars like former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway and Vikings safety Harrison Smith stopped by to pick up bracelets and support her cause.

"She just told me she wanted to do it, so I helped promote it on social media," Ron said of his daughter's philanthropic success. "I'm on record saying I think she was going to sell like a half a dozen bracelets. It shows that it doesn't matter what age someone is. There's always some way to help."

Minnesota Gopher football coach Brian Callahan even stopped by to buy a bracelet from Kamryn...

While the bracelet stand has brought in some serious cash that will go a long way in helping the community, Kamryn's family says it has also brought a new level of awareness to their neighbors and has opened the door for conversation.

"In a neighborhood where no one looks like her, to see everyone come together and say differences don't mean we can't be friends, it just means we're different," Ron said.

The Johnsons have been encouraged to see Kamryn's effort bring neighbors -- and strangers -- together.@3RonJohnson

A man who heard about the stand on the radio drove over half an hour to buy a bracelet. He said how sorry he was for the death of George Floyd and ended up in tears.

"I don't know if they really ever fully understand the impact they're having until they're older about what a big deal this was," Kamryn's mother Shani said. "They're just loving well and serving well. And if we all do that, I don't know what this world can become."

How can you start something good?

While you might not live close enough to purchase one of Kamryn's bracelets in person, you can make a donation to her GoFundMe campaign. The funds will go directly to helping organizations and businesses in the Minneapolis area.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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