7-year-old raises more money than anticipated for hospital

Abbey Rogers, Photography Editor

Chicago second grader Hayley Orlinsky sold over 8,000 bracelets and was able to donate the $20,000 she made. 

The money from Hayley’s business was donated to help Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), reports CNN. Her goal was not to make 20,000 dollars but 200 dollars.

Hayley Orlinsky was inspired to help when she heard about the shortages of PPE at hospitals, according to the New York Post. She chose Lurie’s hospital because she spent her first days of life at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit with breathing problems. Making the cause more personal to her and her family. 

Lots of people were inspired to donate and buy her bracelets, reports US News. Some of her contributors include Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, actor Miguel Cervantes, and Chicago MLB team The White Sox recognized her efforts at a game.