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Chagrin Falls 10-year-old fights for equality with key chains

Key 'change' chains.

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Recently there’s been a lot of negative news topping headlines from COVID-19 to racial injustice.

"I feel like if there’s a way to change it you should, and that’s what I’m trying to do and I hope it works," Lyla Levin tells 3News.

But for 10-year-old Lyla, she took that as a call to action and came up with the idea to make heart-shaped key chains to bring awareness to racial injustice.

"One day I was playing with the fused beads, and my mom and I realized that it looked like all the skin tones mixed together."

So with the help of her family, she created a plan called Beads for Change and designed more than 150 key chains. All the money raised was donated to “Color of Change.”

Credit: Lyla Levin

"This project was truly 100 percent hers. It was just us sharing information and her feeling an intrinsic need to make a difference," Lyla's mom, Kimberly.

Key chains representing all skin tones "fused together," serving as a reminder that there is no option other than true racial equality.

Credit: Lyla Levin

"I really hope that people buy these and know that money will help someone else," Lyla said.

And although she has close to 150 orders for key chains, which she is selling for $5, she wants to continue to promote her fundraiser because it's all about making a difference.

For more information you can check out beadsforchangenow@gmail.com.

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