Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Genevieve Hardwick. I am currently in the eighth grade at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas. I am 14 years old. I love to be busy! In my free time, I love to watch “Do It Yourself” videos on YouTube and I love cooking shows. When I am able to create something new, it makes my heart very happy.
How did hear about I Pour Life and what inspired you to start raising money for the organization?
My mom, Tracey Hardwick, started I Pour Life Texas in 2017. As I learned more and more about I Pour Life, I felt something in my heart tell me to give and raise money for the youth and women that I Pour Life helps. It made me realize how blessed I am. It also made me feel so encouraged to give, knowing that I was helping others who need it a lot more than I do. I decided to use my wallets as the main source of helping me raise money for I Pour Life. I was amazed at how many people were generous in their giving. I always raise more than my expectations.
Where did the idea for making handmade wallets come from?
I have been making wallets since I was about nine years old. I was browsing YouTube one day when I came across a video on how to make a duct tape wallet. After I completed my first, I was very excited with the final product. As I started making more wallets, I discovered many different colors and patterns of tape. I have a wide range of sizes and colors to offer.
What kind of process goes into making the wallets?
My mom and I purchase the duct tape at different stores. I can usually make one and a small portion of another wallet out of one roll of duct tape. I choose the color combinations that I think people will like. Each wallet takes around 3 hours to make, so it’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it! My greatest joy comes from the people that come to my mom’s events and are excited to buy. We’re hoping that in sharing my story, someone will donate or we’ll be able to buy the tape at cost from the Duct Tape Company!
What advice do you have for other young people about getting involved in I Pour Life?
I always invite my friends and their families to my mom’s events. I want them to know about I Pour Life and what they’re doing to help those that are in need. If I Pour Life isn’t for them, I encourage them to find a non-profit they can support. If everyone in this world would help someone, imagine what a better place this would be!
Thank you for letting me share my story! I’m also trying to raise enough money to be able to go to Ethiopia with my mom in June. So, I have a lot of wallets to make before then!