It all began last spring with a mother’s prompt: What can you do this summer to give back to your community?
Papillion resident Christina Adcock said she was trying to motivate her daughter and daughter’s friend to “look past themselves. It’s hard to get your kids out of the box. They think what they have is normal.”
For 8-year-olds Alli Adcock and Elle Haan, the answer became clear once Elle mentioned her cousin was battling leukemia. They decided to make headbands.
Since July, the two Hickory Hill Elementary students have been selling homemade headbands through their charity, Headbands for Hospitals, to assist children at local hospitals.
“It was something at their level,” Christina Adcock said. “Something they could do to help kids.”
Alli and Elle’s headbands sell for $5 and vary from peace sign and spiderweb designs to filigree and chevron patterns. All of the headbands are made and packaged with the help of both families, Adcock said.
“It’s been a lot of hours — I can’t even begin to calculate hours,” Adcock said. “It’s a good thing the whole family has chipped in.”
On Sept. 7, the pair made their first donation, $20, to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. They followed that by giving $100 to the Nebraska Medical Center on Sept. 16.
Due to a growing response to Headbands for Hospitals, Adcock said, the charity’s goal is to eventually donate to all metro-area hospitals.
“I thought it might dwindle,” she said. “It hasn’t yet.”
Alli and Elle said they feel good about giving back to the community and that all children probably would feel that way if they did the same.
Their charity has sold nearly 154 headbands and has raised about $300 to date.
You can follow along with their efforts, or order a headband, at facebook.com/bandsbyelleandalli.