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14-year-old entrepreneur donates to organization that helps veterans 

At just 14 years old, Paige Bain is using her entrepreneurial skills to give back to the community.

 Bain started making hair scrunchies out of her home last January and has so far sold over 350 scrunchies from her business Simply Scrunchies.

 “Once I became a registered business my mom told me that if I was able to make one hundred dollars in sales, she would make a donation to a charity of my choice,” says Bain.  

 Most recently, she donated $75 to Can Praxis an organization designed to help Veterans and First Responders using horses.

“I chose to donate to Can Praxis because I fully understand the therapeutic qualities of spending time with horses. I like to donate to causes that I can relate with,” says Bain. “It’s our responsibility to help the most vulnerable people because there is going to be some point in our lives where we need help. It also gives me a purpose. Even though I’m not making or donating large sums of money every little bit counts.”

 Bain loves horses and says it’s important to raise awareness and create outreach towards mental health.

“It is humbling to know that our work here at Can Praxis has captured the attention of a young social entrepreneur who is actively #savingtheworldonescrunchieatatime. Paige’s kindness and generosity are incredibly meaningful; her actions say to Veterans and First Responders battling Operational Stress Injuries like PTSD, that they matter, and they are worth the effort. With youth like Paige, we know the future of Canada is in good hands,” Nichole Budd, corporate & public affairs director Can Praxis.

 Bain hopes to continue donating proceeds from her business to charities and organizations and will be hosting a few pop-up shops in the Burlington, ON area in the next month.

 “I will be partnering with a couple of local businesses,” says Bain. “I’ll be donating some proceeds to local charities such as Kerr Street Mission and Halton Food for Thought!”

 Bain has donated $250 to various charities since April 2019.

 Follow her on Instagram @_simply.scrunchies to see her inventory, or to place an order.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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