SABETHA, Kan. (KSNW) – Call her the boss. A college girl from Sabetha uses her love for jewelry to raise money for the Kansas Honor Flight.
“I just like having, like letting people have a smile on their face. It just makes me feel good, ”said Avery Herrmann.
Avery, 11, started making earrings several years ago after being diagnosed with staphyloma in his right eye.
“Her eye therapist told me we needed to find something fun we could do for motor skills that wouldn’t look like work,” said Avery’s mother, Mary Herrmann. “I made jewelry when I was little and I was like, well, great, let’s try to do it and she loved it.”
Ther Herrman’s love for the Kansas Honor Flight, a nonprofit that sends veterans from Kansas to Washington DC for free, began years ago when Mary’s grandfather, Robert, was chosen to to travel.
“He always said it was a trip of a lifetime for him until the day he passed away. It was one of her fondest memories, ”explained Mary.
After Robert’s death, the mother-daughter duo decided it was right to keep their memory alive and support the organization. That’s when they started selling their handmade jewelry online and at a local store in Sabetha, Kansas. All proceeds from their Abundant Love jewelry line go directly to the Kansas Honor Flight.
“The nicest thing is, she doesn’t really make any money as an entrepreneur because she gives them away,” Mary said with a laugh. “It’s not the best business plan, but it’s definitely a good hobby and it’s really fun to watch her and it’s fun to see the community connecting with her for the love of the earrings.”
“It makes me feel really good inside and happy,” Avery said.
Since 2017, Avery has raised over $ 6,400 and paid eight veterans to visit DC Click here to learn more about jewelry.