Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Beads for Life)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
PENSACOLA - Students in Pensacola High's International Baccalaureate Program and International Honor Society carry pretty heavy class loads.
   
But, they're also assigned the task of making a lasting impact on society.
One young lady has reached out to make a difference a half a world away.

These are the images out of Uganda that touched high school senior, Katie Dehart.

"A lot of the women have been either not earning money at all for their families, just strugging to get food.  Or, they've been working in rock quarries, smashing rocks."

Katie wasn't just touched by what she saw, she was moved to do something.  That's how she learned about beads for life.

Katie DeHart, Selling Beads For Life;  "It's not just a handout. You don't just collect money and send it overseas not knowing where it's going."

They're actually handmade beads that the women are earning an income for their families.  They're actually working for it. 

"They're escaping this extreme poverty."

The escape begins with their godgiven talent to create beads for life.

"They go to this recycle paper company nearby and pick out colorful paper.
They cut these long thin triangles and the shape of the triangle determines the shape of the bead.  And roll them around the needles, finely, finely."

But, the journey isn't complete without the angels on a distant shore selling the handmade crafts.  That's Katie and her team of sales associates.

"They're made out of paper. They're rolled up by women in Uganda and they sell them here in the United States so they can make a profit for their families."

"Which one are you getting?  All right..."

Every penny they make goes directly to Uganda to help lift families to a better life.

"Whereas they might have been living in a little tent or a shack before, they build brick houses, small brick houses."

Each sale puts schools, medical clinics and businesses where hopelessness once stood.

"These are five dollars, these are five dollars, these are fifteen..."

Her assignment was to make a difference somewhere in the world.  Katie has, and that's made a difference in her own life.

"To know that maybe one woman in particular, one family, just from this one box of beads that I have, could have gotten a home and a place to grow food in their yard."
     "I think that's amazing."

"Thank you very much."
"O.K., good luck."

Singing; "Beads for life... We thank you, beads for life."

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
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