MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While some kids were at the beach Labor Day Weekend, Aliyah Ouedraogo was busy making the world a better place.
The eight year old was making Black Lives Matters posters, and was thinking of what to do with them since she had made so many, and “I realized I could sell them for money and use the money to buy food for poor people,” she said. Her mom, Morgan Triska, put the word out on Facebook and the orders came pouring in. In the first weekend, they made more than $500. By the end of one week, they had raised $600.
There were so many orders that decorating the posters being a family affair with help from mom, dad, and her brother; Malik; customers are each getting a Ouedraogo original.
Aliyah, who is starting second grade at Seth Boyden Elementary, is pragmatic about why people responded so generously. “I think it grew because people care that Black Lives Matter, and they didn’t have Black Lives Matter posters,” she said. Through her mom’s Facebook friends, she even had customers in Pittsburgh to whom she will mail the posters.
The family has now made at least four trips to the grocery store with donated reusable bags. The food purchased will be distributed through the Black Panthers Pop Up Pantry in Newark and SOMA Shares. The family is still accepting reusable bags and donations.
Aliyah is proud of the impact she has made. “It makes me happy because I’m helping other people,” she said.
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