Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:47 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 5:47 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Jade Mitchell is your average fourth grader who loves arts and crafts. Her talent to make flowers out of duct tape has garnered attention from as far away as Hawaii and New Mexico.
For the past four months, Mitchell has assembled six or seven flower pens a night, and in return takes donations to buy supplies for the Denham Springs Animal Shelter.
It all began a year ago when a friend from school taught her how to make the flowers out of duct tape. She made a few dozen and sold them at school for a dollar, then decided to donate her earnings to the shelter. Her mom suggested she raise the donation price to cover her expenses, and take her profits to the shelter.
Mitchell has loved animals since her first visit to the shelter at four years old. So far, she's helped purchase a fridge, food bowls, water buckets, industrial fans and food.
"Next, I want to buy them a washer and dryer," said Mitchell.
At first, Mitchell didn't think the project would stretch this far, but money has come in from people around the county. Shelter director Carol Young said it's amazing she's doing this all on her own.
"That's a lot for one person," said Young. "We're very thankful, I can't express my gratitude."
You can order Mitchell's creations by visiting Jade's Flowers on Facebook.