Carmel Valley Middle School seventh graders Lindsey Ewing and Sophie Stein have a lot in common.
Both girls have grown up in Carmel Valley and play soccer for Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Competitive. They also share a love of art and volunteerism.
Combining their passions, Lindsey and Sophie found a creative way to give back to the community. The duo makes and sells hair bows with the proceeds benefitting Promises2Kids, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and fights against child abuse and neglect in San Diego County.
“We wanted to help kids that weren’t as fortunate as us,” said 12-year-old Lindsey. “They don’t have what we have. They aren’t able to do the special things that we do.”
“We’re really fortunate to have parents that support us through everything,” said Sophie, 13, who added that her and Lindsey’s parents helped them launch their nonprofit, Let’s Get Bowing.
“Our bows were not the best at first,” said Lindsey, who noted the pair learned how to make bows by watching YouTube videos. “As we kept making them, we got better and better, and everyone started wanting them.”
The bow-making duo started off selling their bows to friends and hosting “bow-tiques” in private homes. Now, the pair is hosting bow-themed birthday parties and selling at La Jolla Open Aire Farmer’s Market. Bows cost $4 to $9, with prices varying based on the design and size.
To date, Lindsey and Sophie have donated $1,200 to Promises2Kids. On Sept. 28, the girls are teaming up with Del Mar-based Ivivva to raise even more money for the local nonprofit. During “Beach, Barre and Bows,” Lindsey and Sophie will teach a bow-making class, with proceeds benefitting the organization.
“You’ll get to learn how to make bows,” Lindsey said. “You’ll get to pick your own ribbon and choose from a lot of colors.”
“Beach, Barre and Bows” begins at 1:45 p.m. with the bow-making class at the Ivivva showroom (1217 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014), followed by a barre3 fitness class at 3 p.m. at Powerhouse Park. The event will also feature healthy treats and raffle prizes.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Sophie said. “And it will show the kids they are loved and cared for.”