WESTFIELD, NJ — Turning her hobby to a charitable cause, a Westfield High School sophomore has found a way to help her community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Amelia Golub, who is selling bracelets on Facebook and Instagram under the brand Beads for Hope, said she wants to make a larger impact on the community and is happy to help out. Golub is assembling the bracelets herself and said she has made about 100 of them so far.
“I came up with the idea of Beads for Hope because I like making bracelets and also wanted to help out those around me,” Golub said
In a single week, Golub said, she raised $450 for the national hunger relief organization Feeding America. Next, she will be donating money to Westfield’s Feed the Frontline NJ: Meals for Healthcare Heroes, a local group raising funds to donate meals to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
“My goal is to help the people that need it during this time and bring my community together,” Golub said.
Golub’s bracelets will be featured at a silent online auction and all monies raised will be donated to Feed the Frontline NJ, according to the Beads for Hope Instagram and Facebook pages.
Golub states on the website for the silent auction she “hopes that her bracelets will bring a smile to your face and spread a little hope.” The online auction has been extended until 9 p.m. on May 1.
All of her bracelets are sold in a pack of two and can be customized with a beaded word or phrase. Each pack costs $10, her Instagram page says.
“Everything happening is very stressful and I just wanted some way to help out if I could,” Golub said.
Golub has been touched by the community’s support in her pursuit of making a positive difference during these difficult times.
“We live in a great town,” she said. “I love how everybody in Westfield comes together when we need it the most.”
Click here to participate in the Beads for Hope silent auction.
Annika Vesuna is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.