PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Inspired by her own father’s death, a 7th-grader recently won a young entrepreneurship competition and her business is helping others cope with their own hardships
At just 13-years-old, Seanna Mullins is helping people with therapy dolls.
"I feel like I’m going to change the world somehow and I really want to," she said. "I want to make people smile a lot."
Seanna’s father died unexpectedly in September and she said she wished she had received a gift to help cope with her grief.
"I thought about what I really wanted to do, and I wanted to make my Dad proud. I wanted to make this about him," she said.
Seanna and her mom hand-sew the therapy dolls, with personal, customized messages on a number of topics including grief, pain, depression and anxiety.
"I want them to be able to have a cute little doll like this to hug, and to know that this doll or that someone out there understands what they are going through, and they are not alone," she said.
The 7th-grader got an extra boost thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Somerset. The program takes teens with ideas and teaches them how to launch a business. Seanna won investors, taking home $1,000 to put toward her "Healing Hearts" dolls and a full ride to Campbellsville University.
"I’m really happy and proud of myself, and it just makes me want to cry," said Seanna.
The dolls are $14.99 each and are all custom made.
For more information on Healing Hearts, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 606-492-3569.