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 Amelia Tosto shows off the many bracelets she made to raise money in support of Black Lives Matter, specifically a charity called The Conscious Kid.

Amelia Tosto shows off the many bracelets she made to raise money in support of Black Lives Matter, specifically a charity called The Conscious Kid.

Photo provided by Gale Tosto


Berkley child makes bracelets to support Black Lives Matter

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 21, 2020

 The bracelets can be found at Sum Girls Boutique, and 100% of the proceeds will go back to Tosto for her to donate.

The bracelets can be found at Sum Girls Boutique, and 100% of the proceeds will go back to Tosto for her to donate.

Photo provided by Gale Tosto

BERKLEY — A young Berkley child looking to make a difference has been raising funds to help support the Black Lives Matter movement.

In June, Gale Tosto and her 8-year-old daughter, Amelia, attended a Black Lives Matter rally and march after the killing of George Floyd and the rise of protests around the country around racial injustice.

It was there Amelia Tosto was inspired to start her own protest of some kind. After having a conversation with her mother while making bracelets, they decided to sell their own bracelets around Black Lives Matter and give the money to charity.

“I believe that it isn’t fair for people to be treated differently because of their skin color,” Amelia Tosto said of why she wanted to start her own protest.

As Amelia Tosto specifically wanted the money to go to something related to Black Lives Matter and to help children, the charity chosen was The Conscious Kid, which helps promote “education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth,” according to its website. “We support organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.”

Tosto’s bracelets feature the messages “BLM,” “No Justice No Peace” and “Pride 2020.” They started selling them in her driveway at the beginning of July, where Gale Tosto said they made $168 on the first day. They promoted the bracelets as donation-only and that if people wanted to just take one, they could.

“(Amelia) said, ‘I’m just gonna have a stand in front of our house, and if anybody just wants to take one, then at least people know about it,’” Gale Tosto said.

“She’s just making them like crazy,” she continued. “She’s had a few special orders from some people. … She’s made probably 150 or more. I’m just trying to empower her and help her to do what she can.”

Tosto recently made a donation to The Conscious Kid of $220, but the fundraiser still is going on thanks to a deal made with Sum Girls Boutique to sell her bracelets in the Berkley store.

Robyn Coden, owner of the business, said she heard about Amelia Tosto’s fundraiser from a friend and decided to reach out to the family to help promote the bracelets. Coden said her store is based around a blog called “Dim Sum and Doughnuts” that is all about empowering girls and women.

The deal made between the Tostos and Sum Girls Boutique was to sell the bracelets for $2 apiece, and it would be a 50-50 split between Amelia Tosto and the store. At least that’s what Coden told her young partner.

“She doesn’t know this, but whatever the store makes, I’m gonna give back to her,” Coden stated. “She’ll have all of that money. Whatever she makes, she’ll have all of it to donate.”