UNION, NJ – A Union eleven-year old has already begun her philanthropic pursuit by establishing a non-profit charity to benefit children with cancer.
Jaya Persaud, a sixth grader at Kawameeh Middle School, said she began the non-profit business, Bracelets for Babies, after seeing a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital commercial. “I wanted to help children with cancer.” When asked about the name of her non-profit, Persaud said, “it does not matter how old you are, you are always mommy’s baby, especially those children who have cancer, they need a little more love”. About her inspiration, Persaud said her grandfather was recently diagnosed with lymphoma (“he’s doing better day by day”) and her best friend inspires her.
Persaud made close to 400 bracelets in three months and sold them for two dollars each. She said her first sale was in her driveway where family, friends, neighbors, and school peers came to purchase bracelets. She was invited to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to donate the $800 she raised and was recognized by them for her contribution.
Persaud, whose favorite subject is math, said she will continue Bracelets for Babies every year for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, mostly during the summer when she can focus on it. She said she’d like to become a teacher when she grows up.
“I am blessed and honored to call her my daughter,” said Persaud’s mother, Nadira. “We are all so extremely proud of her, her determination, this selfless act says so much about her character. When she told her about this charity, I was not surprised, she is very caring and has a big heart.”