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Pepsi's "Refresh Everything" Grant Program has Cherokee Business in the Running

Monday, February 15, 2010

Annalie Nelson is pictured with one of her re-usable bags that she recycled from an old t-shirt. Nelson's idea inspired her mother Nancy to submit the idea to the Pepsi Co.'s "Refresh Everything" grant program in which the idea is ranked #4 out of 729 ideas submitted and is in contention to win $5,000. Annalie Nelson is the daughter of Barry and Nancy Nelson of All proceeds from the sale of Annalie's t-shirt bags go to local area animal shelters. Photo contributed
Nancy Nelson, of Nelson Sewing and Crafts in Cherokee submitted an idea to the Pepsi Co.'s "Refresh Everything" grant program.Her idea was actually inspired by her 8-year-old daughter, Annalie. Annalie wanted to take old t-shirts no one wants and "recycle" them into re-usable bags. She then designed several with her original artwork on them.

Annalie, always an animal lover, then suggested donating all the proceeds from the bag sales to the local area animal shelters including Cherokee to help homeless pets. Nelson loved the idea so much, she submitted it to the Pepsi "Refresh Everything" grant program. The idea is now #6 in the rankings out of 729 submitted. If Nelson's submission wins one of the top 10 spots, she will be awarded $5,000 to see the project come to life.

The goals of Nelson's project are:

* Raise awareness for ACTIVE recycling.

* To donate those sales to local animal shelters to save animals.

* To raise at least $10,000 through sale of recycled t-shirt bags.

Nelson is seeking donations of unwanted t-shirts. Anyone who would like to give their old t-shirts new life, please bring them to Nelson Sewing and Crafts in the Kountry Klass Mall at 515 W. Cedar St. in Cherokee.

Everyone is encouraged to visit www.refresheverything.com and vote. Vote for any project that speaks to you, but be sure to vote for Nelson's project, too! Voting ends February 28, 2010 for the first round of projects.

The "Refresh Everything" program works like this:

Pepsi is giving away more than $20 million in grants to fund great ideas. This unprecedented program is called The Pepsi Refresh Project. The concept is powerful: Pepsi is seeking ideas that make us think, inspire us and ignite participation; Ideas that make good things better or improve situations; Ideas that refresh. The process is simple. Individuals pitch a plan. The public votes. The top projects win. And this process repeats itself every month for 10 months.

The Pepsi Refresh Project will award $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000 to individuals and organizations that turn good ideas into projects that make a difference. The grant categories will be:

Health Arts & Culture Food & Shelter The Planet Neighborhoods Education

Applicants can submit their ideas and vote for their favorite ideas at www.refresheverything.com.

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Thank you very much for publishing this story. My mom is so glad that she can read about her granddaughter when she is out of town. I also appreciate your help in helping us promote this project.

-- Posted by nelsonsewing on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 11:26 PM

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