With a little glue, borax, and pigment, a local Bellevue middle schooler is cooking up a fun fundraiser for ALS.
Josie Helbling is a rising sixth grader who has been using her love of slime to help fundraise for a cure for ALS. Josie’s aunt passed from the disease last year and as a result, she wanted to come up with a way to try to raise money for a cure for ALS. According the ALS Association, “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”
Josie has been making slime for a long time and realized she could combine her love of slime making and her passion for fundraising and raising awareness for ALS. She got to work to create her home into a mini slime factory at the beginning of May, which is ALS awareness month. Her family has pitched, making stickers, labels, and of course, slime, in order to open her shop, Calico Slimery, before the end of the month.
The shop, which is located on Etsy, sells her signature slime. Each slime is light purple, her aunt’s favorite color, and comes with two little clay butterflies. The butterflies are inspired by the tattoo Josie’s mom, Julie, has on her forearm, in honor of her sister. The butterflies are mixed into the slime to take it from being a shiny, classic consistency to a soft, buttery feeling, which Josie says is her favorite type. Each one is jasmine scented, creating a relaxing atmosphere when you play with it and smells wonderful. The slime comes slightly sticky with a little pouch of borax to combine in. This way the slime stays good when transported. Josie has shipped slime all the way to California, even in her short time as a slime maker! Her sales have remained mostly local, but she’s hoping to expand sales further.
When Josie isn’t making slime, she takes classes in aerial silks, plays piano and sings, plays Animal Crossing, and spends time with her two pet budgies.
You can check out Josie’s ALS Awareness Slime in her Etsy shop, Calico Slimery, for $10 a container. 100% of the proceeds go to the ALS Association and finding a cure for ALS.