Boy sells bracelets for good cause

Donavan Happe had an idea to sell bracelets made from rubber bands to help combat cancer.

Less than two weeks after the idea came about, the 9 year old from Laurel has sold hundreds of bracelets and raised more than $200.

On Tuesday, he made an official donation to the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center Foundation Prevent program, which helps those uninsured or underinsured receive mammograms.

Happe said it was amazing how the bracelet sales took off. His parents sold them at their workplaces and raised awareness through the Internet. He also sold some bracelets to teachers at his school, East Marshall Elementary in Laurel.

“I’m really surprised by it,” Happe said of the response.

Val Ruff, executive director of the MMSC Foundation, welcomed the donation Tuesday.

“I think this is a good example of a little entrepreneur who does this for a good cause in the community,” Ruff said.

Happe’s mom, Kendra Happe, was also surprised at how quick the response was for the bracelets.

“It just went crazy,” she said.

Kendra said Donavan is the type of kid always staying busy and is mindful of the needs of others.

“He’s always making something and he’s always helping someone,” she said.

Donavan Happe will continue this effort to help others and has a goal to sell $500 worth of bracelets next year.