Brave Braids - Bad Into Good

$530 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 19 months
Chris Chastain  CORDOVA, TN
As a 3rd grader, my daughter went through a period of really tough bullying last year. She tried different ways to get through it and came up with what she calls Brave Braids.

She says,  "When I was scared or nervous, I could reach in my pocket and stretch it or put my fingers through it to find calm and confidence." She has made them and given them to friends but wants to share them with other children who might be going through the same thing, but don't know how to tell someone.

She asked if she could sell them and donate the money to the kids fighting their own battles at St. Jude. How could we say no?! She is selling them for $1 or any donation that fits. She's recruited her sister and they have spent all of their free time working on these Brave Braids.

She say, "The most important thing about them is that they are not perfect, but none of us are and that is what makes them special."

We are asking you to help kids who might not know they are being bullied but know they are in a situation they don't like. We are asking you to help kids who might not know how to tell an adult what's happening to them. We hope that we can make a difference by spreading love and comfort - then pay that love and comfort forward to children at St. Jude...

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Update 1
Posted by Petrea Chastain
19 months ago
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The girls are working hard to fulfill everyone's request and sponsorship. Thank you to everyone that is helping them reach this goal and support St. Jude.
New colors cut for braiding.
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Emily Yosmanovich
19 months ago
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I stopped by your booth at the CY Festival and was blown away by your idea and bravery to do something so big and so compassionate so young! Just wanted to share that I gave a Brave Braid to my 4 year old who has had some separation anxiety his first week of preschool. He kept it in his pocket today and said it made him feel "not nervous" and it was easier to listen and have fun when he held it. Great job!

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$530 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 19 months
Created September 18, 2015
Chris Chastain  
KM
$10
Katie Maxwell
19 months ago
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I didn't make it to CY Fest! Glad I can still get my braids!

MO
$195
Mary Jane Owen
19 months ago
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So proud of you girls for taking the negative thing that you experienced and making it a positive one in giving back to others in need.

AC
$10
Albano Clan
19 months ago
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GP
$50
Gwynn Peterson
19 months ago
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1

What a wonderful and thoughtful thing you are doing with your brave braids. I am so proud of you!

PH
$25
Pam Hill
19 months ago
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Love your idea!

RG
$50
ray glasgow
19 months ago
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1
CM
$50
Chris McNally
19 months ago
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RW
$20
Rachel Woodall
19 months ago
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1
$20
Maria Manetas
19 months ago
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KB
$20
Katherine Breslin
19 months ago
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1
Emily Yosmanovich
19 months ago
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2

I stopped by your booth at the CY Festival and was blown away by your idea and bravery to do something so big and so compassionate so young! Just wanted to share that I gave a Brave Braid to my 4 year old who has had some separation anxiety his first week of preschool. He kept it in his pocket today and said it made him feel "not nervous" and it was easier to listen and have fun when he held it. Great job!

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