Thursday, February 20, 2020

Blue Ridge Student Raises Money to go to Guatemala

By: Carissa Zawiski/Sophomore Writer

Eleventh grader, Olivia Martin started a fundraiser last year to go towards people in Guatemala by making bracelets. She’s  raised $800! This year Martin hopes to attend a trip with Bridgewater Church to Guatemala in July. The trip is a annual missions trip that works with the organization Food For the Hungry. Food For the Hungry is a “Christian international relief, development, and advocacy organization with operations in more than 20 countries.” For more information go to

Martin has made bracelets again this year to help raise money to support the group going, as well as herself. The bracelets are 15 dollars a piece, and each have 3 lava beads that can be used with or without essential oils. The trip cost is around $1500 and the bracelets are $15 a piece, with a profit of about $10 to go toward the cost of the trip and the team.

We asked Martin why she would like to go to Guatemala and she responded, “I don’t know if I’m going this year, but it would be a good experience and I’d love to help out.” Martin also added, “The bracelets are all different to help remind us to pray for the many different children and families that will be reached out to during this trip.”

Martin appreciates all of the support that will help her be able to go to Guatemala. If you see Martin in the halls, be sure to buy a bracelet from her!

Carissa Zawiski
Carissa Zawiski is a junior in her second year of journalism. She keeps herself entertained with cheerleading and by spending time with friends and family. She hopes to attend college after high school and get a degree in teaching. She sees teaching as something she would love to do, and wants to help others understand how important education is their lives.


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