Courtney Chmura & Banks

From: Easthampton, MA
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$8,943

Hi everyone! I started my journey with NEADS back in 2014.  I loved making handmade jewelry with my friends and family and everyone wanted to be a part of helping me reach my fundraising goal. We would have beading nights around my kitchen and dining room tables, ladies from the church would come over to help make bracelets. Hence “Sister Strength Creations” was born since it was a sisterhood if you would of people helping to create these beautiful creations.

My first weekend at the farmers market I had 3 small baskets of bracelets. Now I am up to two six foot tables, an easel with earring, four standing stacked cubes with baskets in them, and a small table with kids jewelry. I have since reached my goal, but decided to still keep making jewelry and fundraising for other NEADS clients. I have had the pleasure of helping several clients so far, and plan to keep going.

This past July I finally got my magic phone call and was matched with Banks, whom I met and did my training with in September.  Now with Banks by my side, I will continue to educate people about service dogs, NEADS, and fundraise as much as I can. 

*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most.  Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.

Courtney and Banks

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