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Funky flip-flops wi h a purpose t 9-year-old Joshelle Hargus sells fun shoes to give kids new soles T O ne day not long after starting first grade, 6-year-old Joshelle Hargus came home and started rummaging around in her closet. She tearfully came out with her arms full of shoes and told her parents about a little girl at school whose shoes were falling apart. “So she gave the girl some shoes, and that’s how her business began,” says Joshelle’s mom, Juana. Next, the Aurora girl took $20 she had saved, went to a craft store, bought some plain flip-flops and ribbon and started a business she calls Joshelle’s Funky Flip Flops. Her goal? Make enough money to buy new shoes for 50 kids in need. What Joshelle does is dress up the plain flip-flops many people wear. Ribbons of any color and width are cut and double-tied by the dozens onto the flip-flop tops. Sometimes flowers or buttons are glued on to add extra bling. For the boys version, she simply adds rubber decorations in sports themes, cars or animals. She designs the fun shoes for both kids and adults. In the past three years, Joshelle has sold nearly 120 pairs of flip-flops. She takes special orders, and most of her shoes are sold at craft shows around Aurora. “I sell all of them for the same price — $12 a pair,” says the 9-year-old entrepreneur, who earns only $1.70 after she pays for supplies and donates back to her charity. To date, Joshelle’s efforts have helped purchase 20 pairs of new shoes for kids. “Sometimes I forget she’s only 9,” says Juana, in awe of her daughter’s giving spirit. “She’s always a kid who’s put other people first.” When she’s not decorating flip-flops, Joshelle can usually be found playing softball or at a dance studio preparing for competition. “If you do something to help someone else, maybe they’ll have a better life,” says Joshelle. “Knowing that I’m helping someone else makes me happy.” You can e-mail Joshelle at jdhtrends@yahoo. com. You also can meet Joshelle at Republic’s Pumpkin Daze on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. Read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by Sept. 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? equestrian, venomous and carnivores Due to last month’s state fair coloring contest art, there are no Word Watch winners for the this issue. Above: Joshelle puts rubber charms on flip-flops for boys. Right: Joshelle is surrounded by dozens of pairs of colorful flipflops she’s prepared for a craft show. Did you know? The most expensive pair of flip-flops were hand-painted by Los Angeles artist David Palmer and sold for $18,000! 34 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2012

Rural Missouri - September 2012
Table of Contents
Where the wild things are
Hit the trail
Plowing forward with a new tradition
Out of the Way Eats
Devastating drought
Hearth and Home
Closing the gateway
Around Missouri
A man & his monsters

Rural Missouri - September 2012