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    After School Project Turns Into Global Charity

    What started as an after-school activity for two Dallas sisters has grown to a global charity. (Published Monday, Dec. 11, 2017)

    No matter if it’s homemade or store bought, sisters Isabelle and Katherine Adams know the best gifts come from the heart.

    At ages 14 and 11, they are sister CEOs and their gifts are now for sale at Neiman Marcus.

    Their handmade, intricate origami ornaments are a hot-seller this holiday season.

    “We started out really small,” said Katherine. “It was going to be a one month project and I never dreamed in my wildest dreams that we’d get into Neiman Marcus.”

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    They started making the ornaments as an after-school craft when they were five and eight years old and over the years it’s involved into the global charity, Paper For Water.

    “When we first learned how to make origami we knew we wanted to do something to help someone around the word,” said Isabelle. “We learned that a child died every 15 seconds from unclean water and we thought that wasn’t fair and we want to make a difference."

    So they started selling their ornaments and funding water-well projects around the globe.

    To date, they’ve raised more than one million dollars and funded 140 wells in 14 countries. 

    “It’s amazing to help other people because you kind of help yourself, because you get so much good out of helping others,” said Isabelle Adams.

    The ornaments are now made by a team of volunteers, cost $50 and 100% of the proceeds go to fund their water-well projects.  

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    To learn more, www.paperforwater.org.

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