Crafty Indian River Charter High student helps fight AIDS

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Indian River Charter High School Senior Amelia Strazzulla is using her artistic passions to make a difference.

“While most of my peers are out at night, squeezing every drop of ‘fun’ out of their senior year, I’m at home, squeezing scalding, sticky paste out of a hot-glue gun to craft headbands for the project I created, Headbands for Hope,” said Strazzulla. Headbands for Hope donates all profits to “Equity Fights AIDS,” a fundraising and grant-making organization, affiliated with Broadway Cares, with all monies raised for HIV/AIDS research.

“Their mission statement, to give back by doing what they love, inspired me,” she said. “Because of the opportunities I was given by my parents, I possess a strong passion for giving back to people in need.”

Strazzulla hopes to raise at least $500 dollars by the end of April by selling what she calls, “little pieces of art atop my head.”

Each headband is one-of-kind and feature items such as antique broaches, feathers, age themes and other cutesy treasures.

“It gives me great pleasure to see people wearing my tiny works of art around school and town and even greater joy to know that the money is going to be used for such a great cause.”

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