A young West Sacramento girl is trying to make the world a better place one bracelet at a time.
Sitting in her family’s dining room, Leah Nelson is hard at work. One by one she hooks a rubber band onto a look, linking them together to create a colorful bracelet. But this isn’t just a hobby for the 10-year-old. It’s how she plans to encourage people to pay it forward.
If you ask Leah why she does this, her answer is simple, “make the world a better a place,” Leah said.
Her love for making rainbow loom bracelets and her passion to help others fueled what Leah calls the #BecuzICare11 project. She attaches a message to each bracelet and then gives them out to strangers, asking for only one thing in return – to be nice.
With the country facing turbulent times, Leah is trying to get people to pass on some human decency.
“I don’t want to live in a world with a lot of issues when I grow up because we're the next generation and the world was made to be a good place and not bad,” Leah said.
Leah is wise beyond her years, but her charitable actions aren’t a surprise to her parents.
“People have asked me are you surprised and the answer is no, not at all this is who she is this is who she’s always been,” Charles Nelson, Leah’s father, said. “For her 8th birthday she had a canned food drive and gave out canned goods to the Sacramento food bank. Instead of betting presents. That’s just a part of her personality.”
Leah started her initiative about three weeks ago, and when she started, she had no idea it would take off.
“On Facebook, I think there’s like 20 million views already!” Leah said. “It makes me feel really happy that my message is spreading.”
She’s made nearly one-thousand bracelets and even received several requests for bracelets overseas including London and New Zealand.
“I had no idea it would take off this fast,” Charles Nelson said laughing. “But for her to take an idea, launch an idea and follow through and now have her learning how to manage her own idea and her own plan has been phenomenal to see.”
So what’s Leah’s end goal? What would she like to see months down the road?
“That you could just see people walking around with the bracelets just handing them out and being nice to people,” Leah said with a big grin on her face.
For more information on how you can help be a part of #BeCuzICare11, click here.