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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twelve-Year-Old Shames Whatever You Did For Haiti

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Yep, that's a homemade scarf. Beat that, philanthropists!


Maybe you plunked down $20 dollars at some Haiti benefit concert. More likely you said you would and never did. Well, slackers, Sophie Drukman-Feldstein hit the sidewalk in front of her Cole Valley house Thursday afternoon, sacrificing her spring break to put you to shame.

Yes, those potholders, bracelets, and scarf are the product of hours of child labor, namely from 12-year-old Sophie herself. And this is not her first sale: She claims to have had four, yes, four bake sales before today's "art and craft" sale. The first two sales netted $95.16. (notice the precision and transparency of her reported profits), and she hasn't yet gotten around to counting the proceeds from the second two.

That's probably because she was too busy knitting the scarf (three days of child labor) and weaving the potholders. Her asking prices were ambitious: $15 for the scarf, $10 for the potholders, $10 for the "complicated" bracelets, $5 for the simpler ones, and $1 for the greeting cards. A Cole Valley girl to the core.


The potholders will cost ya...


Sophie, a sixth grader at French American International School who says she want to be a bookbinder when she grows up (!), is no newbie at this fund-raising thing. She has also held various sales raking in $250 to benefit her organization: SUA.

SUA? That stands for Save Unpopular Animals, by the way.

"Our goal is to help animals that not everyone is helping. Everyone wants to save penguins because they're really cute, but sharks and bats are also in danger."

While Sophie has not yet found a bat-saving organization to donate her funds to, she says she'll send the Haiti proceeds to Partners In Health, a charity that sends medical supplies to Haitian clinics. "There's a donation box for Haiti at school -- I might have put five dollars in there, but I prefer to choose the organization," she says. "Usually I do projects for the environment but I thought there was a desperate need since the disaster just happened. So I decided to do that."

How old do you have to be to run for supervisor? 

Haggle down the price? Don't even try.


Photos   |   Miguel Robles


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