The three 11-year-old Manhasets turned a fun hobby into a way to give back.
This summer, twins Grace and Avapanopros and their friend Lauren Kim, sixth graders at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Manhasset, discovered they love DIY projects.
“We didn’t really do anything during the summer,” says Ava. “But then we made T-shirts and other things and started tie-dyeing.”
Some of the girl’s friends loved their work and wanted their own. That was when the idea came to my mind. They sold handmade products (now beaded bracelets and mask chains) and donated their proceeds to charities such as Ronald McDonald House.
“I thought it was a good idea to help the children who have been suffering all the time.
“Pandemic,” says Grace. “Especially when they have something like cancer.”
The girls have sold their work and raised nearly $ 3,000 and have donated to four organizations, the Manhaset Women’s Union for Breast Cancer, the Zack Sobietch Osteosarcoma Foundation, the Madison Horrelan Foundation, and the Leash of Valor. They will also soon visit Ronald McDonald House to offer donations.
“It makes us very comfortable,” says Kim. “We are trying to raise money for them so that they can lead a better life.”
My friends set up an organization in mid-August and called it 3GAL creations. “GAL” is an abbreviation for Grace, Ava, Lauren. They created Instagram and Facebook pages for the project and posted items for sale. They started selling tie-dyed shirts, but soon shifted their focus to beaded mask chains. They were big hits.
“This allows them to learn how they can influence and grow big, even if this world is small,” said Lauren’s mother, Jinny Kim. say. “I think they’re pretty shocked at how big it got.”
Genie and her twin mother, Irene Panopros, oversee the finances of philanthropy and help reach out to organizations with appropriate and relevant goals. The motto of 3GALcreations is “dream, innovate and empower”, and mothers want their daughters to create different products and donate to different charities in the future.
“We want to spread as much wealth as possible to different organizations, and until the girls decide what their true passions will be,” says Genie.
Find 3GALcreations on Facebook and Instagram: @ 3galcreations.