With a history of hospitalizations due to severe eczema, Sophie Harris wanted to help other kids who are suffering. Seven years ago, Sophie, now 16, founded That Lucky Bracelet, an organization that creates “Smile Packages” for ill children all over the world.
On one of her own hospital stays “an art therapist gave me beads and made bracelets with me, so that’s how the bracelet aspect started,” says the Seattle teen. “When I got gifts in the mail, it made my day. I wanted to do the same thing for patients who were in the hospital for longer.”
That Lucky Bracelet delivers approximately 25 Smile Packages each week to sick kids from Seattle to Canada to New Zealand. Sophie contacts the patients to find out their hobbies, then creates packages that are functional and fun. Every delivery includes the signature bracelet, plus other gifts such as craft items, toys and TheraPearl ice packs in kid-friendly shapes and colors.
To support its global reach, the organization has 75 volunteers internationally. Despite now struggling with chronic migraines, Sophie spends her spare time making bracelets and assembling packages, and her favorite activity is personally delivering them to local hospitals.
“Long hospital stays are tough, scary experiences,” Sophie says. “I love being able to go into a child’s hospital room and deliver a Smile Package, rather than a medication or a painful procedure.”
Editor’s note: Sophie Harris is the daughter of Laura Glass, director of advertising sales and strategic partnerships for Seattle’s Child.