Girl, 7, uses sewing skills to help other schoolchildren

A 7-year-old Litchfield girl’s summer project could help hundreds of local children when it’s time to go back to school this fall.

Sophie Raho’s mother and great-grandmother taught her how to use a sewing machine this summer. She started with pillows but was soon making hair scrunchies.

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She set up a business Facebook page and sold the scrunchies for $3 apiece. She then decided to add matching masks, which her mom, Joycelin Raho, puts together.

Over about six weeks, Sophie sold 110 scrunchies and 45 masks, raising a total of $752. All the money will be donated to the local food pantry and to the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, which will put together backpacks full of school supplies for children in need.

“I know with all this coronavirus and stuff, people need masks and lunchboxes because they can’t really share stuff right now,” Sophie said.

“We didn’t really realize at the time how much those would be needed, because kids can’t share supplies anymore, so they need them more than ever,” her mother said.

People from across the country bought Sophie’s scrunchies, which she shipped to 12 states.

Like all good things, this project is ending. Sophie is preparing to enter the second grade at Griffin Memorial School, and her mom needs to go back to work this week.