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.