Louisiana Women: Annie Engholm, uses her love of crafts to pay it forward to help fight COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – It all started as a hobby, but now 9-year-old Annie Engholm is using her arts and crafts for a good cause.

9-year-old Annie Engholm loves arts and crafts. Between homework and being a regular kid, she’s busy creating her next masterpiece.

“It makes me feel happy to put my emotions into something,” Annie said.

That expression through art turned into a online business.

“She had this unit in her class about starting a business, and ever since then she’s wanted to start her own business,” said Ginny Engholm, Annie’s mother.

Luckily for Annie, the Stay-at-home order came at the perfect time.

With all this time at home, she’s had plenty of time to focus on her craft.

“And when the stay-at-home order came, she was spending a lot of time making jewelry and crafts, and my husband suggested that she can start an online store,” Engholm said.

And that’s exactly what Annie did.

“I wanted to see my friends and family quicker, so I thought maybe I could help a hospital to get people better,” Annie said.

It’s what she decided to do with the proceeds that has people talking.

“We asked her what she would like to do with the money and she said she wanted to help fight the virus,” Engholm said.

Annie donated the 264 dollars she earned from her Etsy store to Baton Rouge General.

“It’s like the biggest hospital and a lot of people go there to get better quicker, and I thought I could help those guys. I wanted to let them have a smile,” Annie said.

“They gave her a certificate and were really sweet about validating what she was doing, and said she was a hero,” Engholm said.

Annie is still making jewelry.

“Hope you buy something,” Annie said.

She hopes to raise over one thousand dollars for frontline workers.

“If other people want to help stop the virus, who going to stop them, no one,” said Annie.

It’s a sweet reminder that you can make a difference at any age.

“It shows that people are in it together, and even a 9-year-old can use her talents and her gifts and her kind heart to make things better,” Engholm said.

If you would like to purchase something from Annie’s online shop, be sure to visit her Etsy store.

You can also help Annie’s efforts by making a direct donation to Baton Rouge General.

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