Creative girl has presents of mind


By James Luksic - jluksic@limanews.com



Charlotte Teders, 9, is all smiles Tuesday with children’s supervisor Traci Kohls at Putnam County Job and Family Services in Ottawa.

Charlotte Teders, 9, is all smiles Tuesday with children’s supervisor Traci Kohls at Putnam County Job and Family Services in Ottawa.


Photo courtesy of Alison Teders

COLUMBUS GROVE — Charlotte Teders creates gifts to raise money for those in need of holiday cheer.

All of 9 years old, the Ottawa girl hatched the idea last year when the coronavirus took hold; Teders collected $450 after selling items to benefit Columbus Grove teachers, thanks to a paint-and-sit party.

“I want this to be an annual thing,” she told her mother, Alison.

Charlotte’s wish has come to fruition. Earlier this year, she created slip-knot bracelets for children and had raised upward of $1,130 as of Monday.

She is donating the money toward gifts for foster kids and additional children through Putnam County Job and Family Services, located on Ottawa Glandorf Road in Ottawa.

“Charlotte has a heart of gold and wanted to share that joy with other kids,” said her mom, who assisted daughter in delivering Christmas presents to children Tuesday.

Back in April, Charlotte was the featured “kidtrepreneur” — as part of a youth program — at Olive Tree Boutique, where she sold the bracelets. Cut to Order, another Ottawa business that embraced Teders’ creativity, aided in helping Charlotte sell her bracelets and succulents.

Her ability to create 400 bracelets and 75 succulents was self-taught; she learned via YouTube videos.

What’s more, the Teders family conducted a three-day sale out of their garage in October; donations were made via electronic means such as Venmo.

“All of her earnings, and then some, is donated to her charity or a group of people each year of her choosing,” Alison Teders explained. “I’m just there to offer support.”

As for which children receive which gifts, Charlotte didn’t have a preference.

“I just want them to be thankful for what they have,” she said.

Charlotte Teders, 9, is all smiles Tuesday with children’s supervisor Traci Kohls at Putnam County Job and Family Services in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_CharityGirlGifts.jpgCharlotte Teders, 9, is all smiles Tuesday with children’s supervisor Traci Kohls at Putnam County Job and Family Services in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Alison Teders

By James Luksic

jluksic@limanews.com

Reach James Luksic at 567-242-0399.

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