Difference Makers: NJ Teens Making Bracelets To Raise Money For Health Care Workers

Peter Haskell
April 06, 2020 - 3:48 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A group of high school students in New Jersey have come together to raise money for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

When schools across the state closed and moved over to remote learning, Ridgewood High School students Lili Weissberg, 16, and her 14-year-old sister, Jane, were thinking of how to spend their time now that they were confined to the house.

"My sister said to me, 'Lili, you love making string bracelets, why don't you make a few string bracelets for yourself?' And I was like, 'Oh yeah, that' cool,'" Weissberg said.

The idea soon blossomed and the sisters turned a simple hobby into a potentially lifesaving project.

Stringing Together Ridgewood
Photo credit: Sam Cohen

Weissberg said they decided to sell their bracelets and donate the money for COVID-19 relief.

The girls named the project “Stringing Together Ridgewood" and enlisted their friends, including junior Claire Sullivan.

"When we were in school I would probably spend four hours a day making bracelets but now that we're on spring break I pretty much do it all hours of the day," Sullivan said.

Depending on the pattern, it can take between 5 minutes and three hours to complete a bracelet.

The money is going to Valley Hospital to buy gowns, masks and gloves.

Stringing Together Ridgewood
Photo credit: Sam Cohen

"That was really heartwarming to see the impact we're having on the community, not jut those in the healthcare field," Sullivan said. 

"It just feels really good, and I want people to know that there are people out there that want to help," Jane Weissberg said.

The bracelets sell for between $3 and $10.

So far, they've raised more than $3,000.

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