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Cherokee girl continues efforts to support animal shelters

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nine year-old Annalie Nelson of Cherokee continues her efforts to help save the planet while raising funds to support local area animal shelters.

She and her mom, Nancy Nelson, will be hosting the first annual Earth Day Craft Sale on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kountry Klass Mall banquet hall in Cherokee.

The effort all began over a year ago when the young girl took an idea shared at the country fair and turned it into a fundraising project. The idea was so popular it won a Pepsi Refresh grant under the "Planet" heading. Nelson and her mom collect new and used unwanted t-shirts and convert them into reusable shopping bags which are now dubbed Rethread Earth Bags. With the support of the grant they are able to sell the bags for $1 each with all the proceeds being collected to donate to local area animal shelters when their goal is met. To date the pair has sold close to 900 bags which helps to keep approximately 875,000 one time use plastic bags out of the landfill and environment.

In an attempt to reach their goal and continue to spread awareness for saving our planet, the Nelson's are hosting their first annual Earth Day Craft Sale. The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the banquet hall of the Kountry Klass Mall located at 515 W. Cedar St. in Cherokee. The mall itself is a lesson in recycling since it was previously home to an elementary school. It is now home to eight businesses and five organizations, which includes Nelson Sewing & Crafts owned by Nelson.

The Earth Day Craft Sale will host around 25 vendors. Currently, there are still some openings. Admission to the sale is $1 per person and each person will receive a Rethread Earth Bag to shop with. Inside each bag will be a packet of ads and coupons from Cherokee businesses, who also support this project.

The cost of being a vendor at this event is $25 for an 8'x8' space which includes a 6-foot table, and chairs if needed. Each vendor and advertising supporter will get a link on the Rethread Earth website which will remain until next year when the event will take place again. The vendor fees and the admissions fees all go toward fundraising efforts for local area animal shelters. So far there are a variety of vendors signed on for the event, which will make it both fun and interesting. "We are going to turn this into an annual event that we hope will continue to grow each year." states Nelson.

For further information about the sale or becoming a vendor contact Nancy Nelson at 712-225-2650, or log onto www.rethreadearth.com.

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