JEWELRY FOR JAPAN (Oak Park UMC )

5/27/2011

Hadley, age 9, has a shell idea to raise funds.

JEWELRY FOR JAPAN—Collecting tiny seashells during a family vacation started a 9-year-old Bartlesville girl on a mission to help disaster relief work on the other side of the globe.

Hadley Davis, of Oak Park UMC, heard a call during Sunday worship for donations to help earthquake victims in Japan.

"They said even coins would help if we all put our money together," said Hadley’s mom, Heather Davis. "Hadley told me she wished she had some coins to put in the collection."

The two soon came up with a plan to help Hadley raise funds. It centered on selling shell jewelry made by the mother-daughter team. They named their jewelry company Mothers & Daughters.

After the beach trip in 2010, Heather began using the seashells plus beads to create earrings for friends. "Hadley started helping me. She made some earrings for a friend’s birthday, and then she kept making them."

With her mother’s permission, Hadley approached church leaders about selling the jewelry and donating all proceeds to UMCOR Advance No. 3021317, Japan Emergency (formerly Pacific Emergency). They immediately approved her mission idea, and she began offering her earrings and bracelets for $5 each after Sunday church services.

This is not Hadley’s first international mission effort. Last year, she led a care-package project at Oak Park Elementary, for U.S. military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

"The whole school read Greg Mortensen’s book, ‘Three Cups of Tea,’" explained Heather. "Hadley knew one of the teachers had a son serving in Afghanistan, and she wanted to help him."

Hadley also persuaded students to include a children’s book in each box. "She wanted to share something with the Afghani kids, too," said her mother.

The entire Davis family—parents Brian and Heather, Hadley and younger sister Briley—participates in mission projects. They joined in when Oak Park Church gathered emergency supplies for Haiti. "Though we couldn’t go to help there in person, Hadley learned we can always do something, no matter where we are," said Heather.

For information about the jewelry fundraiser, call the church, 918-336-5425.

—Karen Distefano

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