Girl's friendship bracelets raise more than $23,000 for children's hospital where she was once treated

  • 03 Sep - 09 Sep, 2022
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A little girl in Chicago is doing her part to assist in the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – one bracelet at a time. When Hayley Orlinsky was young, she was a patient in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Seven years later, Hayley is giving back to that very hospital by making rubber friendship bracelets and selling them to people around the world in order to raise money for PPE to give to frontline workers and patients' families. To date, Hayley has made and sold close to 9,000 colourful bracelets. Her sales have helped raise more than $23,000 for the hospital's covid-19 relief fund. Hayley first came up with the idea to make bracelets at the beginning of the pandemic when frontline workers were facing a major shortage in PPE. With the help of her mom, Hayley set up a fundraiser online and set an initial goal of $200. She decided to sell each rubber bracelet for $3, as well as offer a deal of two for $5. After her mom posted a video about her efforts on Facebook, Hayley's fundraiser boomed as thousands of dollars in donations poured in from family, friends and people in Chicago, as well as strangers from around the world.