Student organizations and volunteers gathered on Sunday to spend time making bracelets to sell on campus. Each bracelet will be sold for $3, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children.
The entire project was created and inspired by Emily Mellish, a seven year old girl who was born with Spina Bifida and Scoliosis. These conditions gave her severe curvature of the spine and caused one of her legs to be eight inches shorter than the other. Emily entered Shriner's Hospital for Children and has received help that changed her life.
Now she is changing other lives. Emily wanted to do something to give back to the people who had given her so much, so she began making and selling bracelets and donating all of her profits to Shriners.
Emily's mother and father were at the event, and they can't believe how big the fundraiser has become.
"We never expected it would get this big," said Thad Mellish, Emily's father.
Emily was also at the event sharing her story, doing a little singing, and demonstrating how to make the bracelets.
To learn more about Beads for Needs, and Emily, head over to their Facebook page,