MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A group of Mount Pleasant girls formed their own organization raising thousands in a creative way. Their goal is to change homelessness, one key at a time.
12-year-old Sophie Estoppey and her 9-year-old sister Olivia are among the girls who want to give back to their community. They have been keeping busy with their organization, Keys for Hope.
Sophie said, "Me and a group of friends, we take old recycled keys and we paint them and decorate them."
The girls have made thousands of fancy keys selling them for $5 donations.
The fundraising effort started roughly 5 years ago to help build a playground for children at the Crisis Ministries. The group of girls didn't want to stop there. They went on the raise $40,000 towards a new shelter and soup kitchen currently under construction.
"The whole point of the shelter is to help people get back on their feet, so they can get back in their own house and go back to their lives. So when we thought of a house, we thought of a key," said Sophie.
Sophie's efforts earned her a $1,000 scholarship for college. She was picked from more than 35,000 nominees across the country for the Kohl's Care Scholarship.
All of the money Sophie and her friends raise will go towards a brand new shelter for Crisis Ministries.
The new building for the Crisis Ministries will be done by next summer. The girls will then be able to see the results of all of their hard work.
The new shelter will provide 70 emergency shelter beds, 40 beds for veterans, and a health clinic.
If you're interested in getting a Key for Hope, they are sold at Wonder Works, Ace Hardware and the Leaf Café downtown.