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Ethan Brannon turned his art of jewelry making into a way to help those on the COVID-19 front lines. The 13-year-old Powdersville resident teamed up with the organization We Will Not Grow Weary and donated proceeds to help feed front line healthcare workers.

Ethan began making hand-stamped bracelets, keychains and more about three years ago, thinking it would be a fun hobby. With the help of mom Debi, he opened a shop on Etsy. When his mom asked him to make a bracelet for We Will Not Grow Weary founder Kipra Anderson, Ethan readily agreed.

From there, the idea formed to donate proceeds from 100 bracelets to the organization. According to Anderson, Ethan’s donation was over $700.

“That allowed us to purchase 180 meals for healthcare workers from locally-owned restaurants,” Anderson said. 

The feat that not only helped the healthcare workers but those restaurants as well. While a hot meal might not sound like much, for the men and women who are on their feet for more than 12 hours a day, it’s a welcome respite. And for local restaurants that were closed for weeks, it was a way to stay in business.

We Will Not Grow Weary was created in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to assist healthcare workers who are working hard to keep community members as healthy as possible, while at the same time exposing themselves to the virus on a daily basis. 

Ethan spent about 20 minutes making each item, working around his distance learning while he finished the spring at home. It didn’t take long for the 100-item goal to be met.

“Orders came in from all across the country,” Ethan said. 

Ethan said he was happy to make the donation because he doesn’t have a need for money right now and it makes him happy to be able to give it away to others. He hopes to be able to continue helping others in the future.

When Ethan grows up, he hopes to attend Clemson University and major in mechanical engineering. But until then, he will continue with his Etsy business, SouthernImpressionSC, making works of art.

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