Not only do I want to give back to our planet, but I want to allow people to give back with me.
We have all heard about climate change and how it has been affecting our planet and our future. Climate change has caused global issues such as droughts and wildfires to increase in severity. Every year more and more animals are becoming endangered or worse, going extinct. Scientists estimate that more than 10,000 species go extinct every year. Yet people are becoming more aware of what is happening to our planet, and they want to help. Many companies have already committed to set climate goals for future production. I find that people want to take action and help, but they do not know how to. My goal with this company is to not only give back to our planet but to allow people to give back with me. I want to inform people of this urgent crisis and help them to do their part in solving it.
My name is Hailey Hopkins. I am fifteen years old, and I am the founder of Endangered Animal Charms. I make and sell handmade products, and I donate half of the proceeds to the Wildlife Conservation Society. They all represent endangered animals and come with information about the animal. I started this business two years ago in 2018, and during that year, I was able to donate $200. When I started, I was selling them at my family’s campground to make some money over the summer and be able to give back. Since then, it has grown into so much more than that. This business is my passion. I want to show people that it can be as easy as buying a charm to make a difference. I spend multiple hours a day working on improving the business and stocking my supply. Currently, I sell them both in person, at local craft fairs, and online, in my Etsy store. In 2019, I was able to donate $550, and this year I have raised $400. In 2020, I made a limited edition koala charm to raise money for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Australia. I made and sold around 200 koalas, and I was able to donate $1,400 to the koala hospital. I am constantly trying to grow and evolve this business, and I have many new items in production. None of this would be possible without the support of my customers, whether you bought a charm or simply shared a Facebook post, I couldn’t have done it without you!