WHAT 'YOU' CARRY: Contest Winner

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We were amazed by the number of entries in our WHAT 'YOU' CARRY contest. Those of you who submitted photos really put thought into your displays and we love being a part of a diverse community that lays it all out there. Thank you! We're excited to announce that the winner is...Shelby Grates! Here's a quick interview with Shelby about what she carries and how she connects to the lady who made her hat: Who made your hat? How does she inspire you? Akello Agnes made my hat. Her story is so inspiring. No matter the unfortunate circumstances that I encounter, I try to rise above them and turn them into something beautiful. She had a difficult past, but Agnes appears to be motivated and determined to turn it into something positive, and I love that Krochet Kids is giving her an even a greater chance to succeed and help her family. I love that she wants to study, because education is so important to me. I too plan on starting a business and helping out my family. Plus, her sparkling smile is contagious! What a beautiful lady! <READ AKELLO AGNES' PROFILE HERE> What does it mean to you that you get to see the person that made your hat? It's incredible that I am able to see and learn about the person that made my hat. I think this concept is a huge factor into why Krochet Kids is so appealing to me. It's such a greater connection, and I love knowing where my money is going. These women definitely deserve to have their stories told; each of them are a dark horse in their own way. I kind of feel like I know her, and when I wear my hat, I can't help but feel like the connection to her. It feels like a gift. Is that a mini Nutella pack? Where did you get it? What are you going to eat it with? Yes, that is a mini Nutella pack! My aunt and uncle gave it to me, because they know I'm obsessed with Nutella. They said these packs could be my "emergency on-the-go packs" if I ever have a crazy craving, and I certainly do! Ha! I'll eat it with anything. Strawberries, carrots, or just straight up. I'm a Nutella-addict. What are some of the items you carry in the box? The plastic box is my art tool box. I'm a full time art student, and this is my magic box. I keep my pen and ink set in it, charcoal, my Prismacolor markers and colored pencils, ruler, brushes, pencils, oil paints, and any thing I might need in my art classes. This little box is with me every day. It's a little beat up, but I've covered it with my favorite stickers, and I'm determined to make it last. I have the Krochet Kids "LOVE" sticker on my art tool box and on my car. I absolutely love when people ask me about it, so I can share the Krochet Kids story. It's definitely a conversation starter! What do you like about 'the Lucille?' I love "the Lucille" because it's light and I can throw it on with every outfit. I love the slouchy style of it, and the beautiful crochet work. I can tell Miss Akello put love into it!

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