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Taylor-made, with love

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Bossier City girl raises money for south Louisiana flood victims

Taylor Henry loves God and helping others.

When she heard about the devastating flood in south Louisiana, she came up with an idea to raise money by using a special skill she has.
 Henry, a third grader at W.T. Lewis Elementary, was taught to use a serger six years ago by her grandmother.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

At church recently, she was inspired to give back to the flood victims by making and selling homemade tissue holders.

“They are $5 a piece. I know that’s a lot, but it’s going to a great cause,” Henry said.

She set a goal of $1,000, all of which would be donated to the flood victims through Airline Baptist Church. Her mom, Julia Henry, took it to social media and it spread like wildfire. 
Taylor received more than 500 paid orders in a matter of days.  Orders have come in from all over, including Canada, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, Vermont, Ohio and Tennessee.

Taylor sews every day and has assistance cutting, ironing, pinning, and stuffing from her family, friends, and neighbors. 
It takes her about 20 seconds to serge a tissue holder together from start to finish.

“It did take her about 27 [seconds] when she first started so she’s getting faster,” Julia said proudly.

Several people have donated stamps, envelopes, thread, and fabric to support her effort. Each tissue holder comes with a handwritten ‘thank you’ from Henry, perfectly penned on a heart-shaped cutout.

She recently presented a $3,000 check to her church, who has partnered with a south Louisiana church to assist with flood recovery efforts.

“If you do something good, God will do something for you in return,” Taylor said. “It just makes me feel good to help others. They may feel hopeless, but I want them to know that everything is going to be ok.”

Julia said she couldn’t be prouder of her daughter.

“I’m very excited to not only see where life takes her, but to see who she will help and all the lives she will change because of this,” she said.

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
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