From plain paper to ‘snowflakes’ for cancer research

King George VI School student Carly Unsworth is making a difference, $2 at a time

It was five years ago when Carly Unsworth first learned how to make paper “snowflakes” with a few scissor cuts, tape and staples. She was just seven years old but the idea obviously struck a chord with her.

In fact, Carly has been making snowflakes every Christmas season since, typically giving them away.

This year, now 12 and a student at King George VI Public School in Sarnia, Carly went to her mother and suggested it was about time she started making some money by selling her handiwork.

Mom, Linda Unsworth, said yes, but with a condition.

“I told her she had to donate the money to charity.”

Carly agreed and picked the Canadian Cancer Society as a recipient, in part as a tribute to relatives, including two grandmothers, who had survived the disease.

For the last few weeks, she’s been making the seasonal decorations, which people use as Christmas decorations, selling them for $2 a piece, although sometimes she receives more than that. “Some people would give me $5 or even $10, telling me they don’t want change,” said Carly, digesting an important lesson about setting a price relatively low and having people express their generosity.

She’s also turned making the snowflakes into a very precise operation, with the “manufacturing” phase taking six pieces of paper, 18 scissor cuts, seven staples and 24 pieces of tape all included.

Carly has made 137 snowflakes (so far) and raised $402, which she will take to the Cancer Society’s office in the next few days.

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