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12-Year-Old Crochet Whiz Is Using His Talent To Raise Money For Kids In His Native Ethiopia

Kudos to Jonah for his charitable work!

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Jonah Larson is a 12-year-old on a mission to change the world in an unexpected way: through crochet. The talented young fiber artist has fundraised enough to build a library for kids in the village in Ethiopia where he was born, and now, he’s raising money for a science lab for these students halfway around the world.

The Wisconsin tween also teaches crochet, does speaking engagements and has authored books, including “Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy.”

Doing what makes you happy is a theme in his work.

“He gives presentations to kids on ‘do what makes you happy’ even if it’s not what everyone else is doing,” his mother, Jennifer Larson, told People.

All of these endeavors are a result of his passion for crocheting and the beautiful work he’s created, and he’s been hooked from the start.

“It really was a fluke that I discovered crochet,” he told Simply Crochet. “When I was 5 years old, my aunt gave us kids a bag of craft items she no longer wanted, and when I was looking through it I found a pointy thing. I asked Mom what it was and it was a crochet hook. She didn’t know how to crochet, so she helped me find a tutorial on YouTube.”

He finished his first crochet project, a dishcloth, that very day. From that first tutorial, Larson quickly moved on to bigger and bolder projects.

As his hands got faster and his stitch patterns more colorful and intricate, he began winning awards for his beautiful work. But, he saw something more valuable than a blanket or hat with each completed project. In fact, Larson believes crocheting can bring people together.

Larson transformed his hobby into an opportunity to teach others the craft he loved so much. He started posting tutorials on social media, created a YouTube Channel, where he has 82,000 subscribers, and online business, both called Jonah’s Hands. His Instagram account has 265,000 followers!

At first, Larson sold his own handcrafted projects, but the demand got so high, he and his mother decided he should stop and focus his attention on his love of the craft and devoting his time to teaching others and charity work.

One of his favorite causes has been helping to build a library in Ethiopia, the country from which he was adopted. He is currently working with Roots Ethiopia, an organization working to help improve the country’s schools for all its children.

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Please check out my GoFundMe page If you’d like to help. Link in bio. 🙏🏾❤️. Posted @withrepost • @globalpositivenews Ever since the age of 5, 11-year-old Jonah Larson (@jonahhands), WI, has been obsessed with crocheting. His first techniques he learned from YouTube tutorials and he quickly became very good at it. + As he became more prolific, he started to sell some of his creations on Instagram. He also donates to the Ethiopian orphanage he was adopted from. — Photo: @jonahhands ••• @globalpositivenews @globalpositivenews @globalpositivenews . . . #kindness #kindnessmatters #randomactsofkindness #actsofkindness #caring #heartwarming #positivepsychology #globalpositivenews #news #tanksgoodnews #Positivenews #positivenergy #positivity #onemillionactsofgood #mademecry #imnotcrying #imnotcryingyouarecrying #crochet #crocheting #orphan #givingback

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“Hello Supporters! If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve finished building a library in my home village in Ethiopia where I was born. Now I’m working on building them a science facility. My dream is to return to Ethiopia to see the library and meet the kids who have been impacted,” his mother wrote on his GoFundMe page in March.

He’s raised more than $27,000. We think this young man will not only make his dream come true, but the love in every stitch he creates will help bring together the hopes and dreams of many others!