Works of Heart
With the hope of spreading love to others, young earring designer Avery Herrmann puts her heart and soul into creating jewelry for her Honor Flight fundraiser.
A young philanthropist and entrepreneur — Avery Herrmann — is spreading love to others with her fundraiser and now, a for-profit business. Nine-year-old Avery has two jewelry lines — Abundant Love and Alice Regina Designs. The lines both feature quality, handmade earrings made and designed by Avery, with a little help from her mom.
Abundant Love, her first line, is a fundraiser for the Sabetha Honor Flight, while Alice Regina Designs, her newest line, is a for-profit business.
While she is happy to be raising money for the Honor Flight and is excited about her own profits, Avery’s God-given desire to love people is what brings her success and ultimately — her own joy.
She hopes people will spread love to others and feel joy when they wear her earrings.
“When I see people wearing my earrings, it fills me up with joy,” Avery said.
Avery’s Abundant Love jewelry line raises money for an organization close to her heart — the Sabetha Honor Flight.
After Avery’s great-grandfather Robert Klein went on an Honor Flight in 2009, he could talk of nothing else except that “trip of a lifetime.”
When Grandpa Bob passed away in 2016, the family wanted to do something to honor him. Avery’s parents, Jay and Mary Herrmann, became involved with fundraising for the Honor Flight Network since it was so important to him. Since the Honor Flight Network’s goal is to send veterans on the flights free of charge, donations from the public are greatly needed to support these veterans.
In 2018, the Herrmann family organized fundraisers to raise money to help send their neighbor, Norman Ashcraft, a Navy veteran of the Korean War. The neighborhood children hosted a lemonade stand and sold magnets and pendant necklaces to raise money to send Ashcraft on the Honor Flight.
“Avery found so much joy in doing it,” M. Herrmann said. “At that point, she wanted to have her own thing.”
At the same time, Avery was undergoing vision therapy. The therapist recommended the Herrmanns find a tactile activity that would be fun for Avery.
Knowing Avery was creative, the Herrmanns tried making jewelry — and Avery loved it. The jewelry-making worked so well physically for Avery, while also serving as a creative outlet.
Avery and her mom spent time creating pieces together — enough to hold her first fundraiser in March 2019. She raised $780 for Neighbor-2-Neighbor’s Kids Kloset.
“That lit a fire in this young lady to want to do more,” M. Herrmann said.
Avery continued making earrings, eventually deciding she wanted to continue as a fundraiser for the Sabetha Honor Flight in honor of her great-grandfather. She came up with the business name Abundant Love after making a list of things that made her think of veterans and love.
Once a name was decided, Avery approached Brandy Meyer, owner of The Girl Cave Boutique, about allowing her to sell her earrings in the store. Meyer said Avery approached her in July.
“She was very professional in asking if I’d let her display her earrings in The Girl Cave Boutique,” Meyer said. “Of course I said she could and she gave me the biggest hug — which I get from her every time I see her now.”
Meyer said she loves the earrings and that they are great quality.
“She puts a lot of effort into them,” Meyer said.
Currently, Avery has polka dot, flower, gems, sparkly tassels, fabric and some feather fringe earrings featured at The Girl Cave Boutique — something for all ages.
Supplies and other costs for Abundant Love jewelry are funded through a Thrivent action team. All of the proceeds from sales go to the Sabetha Honor Flight.
“Avery is a sweet girl with a big heart. I love that she wants to help out such a great cause,” Meyer said.
Avery said she really enjoys making the earrings.
“It’s fun and it is a way to honor my grandpa and I am also spending time with my mom,” Avery said.
The Herrmanns were thankful for the blessing of finding a tactile activity that brought their daughter so much joy while at the same time reflecting Avery’s love for God through serving others.
“She wants to help inspire others. It just takes one person to make a difference,” M. Herrmann said. “It comes natural to her. She loves to make people smile.”
The Abundant Love earrings range in price from $3 to $8. To date, Abundant Love has raised $409. Proceeds from Avery’s sales go into the Sabetha Honor Flight Fund with the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation.
“We’re very proud of her,” M. Herrmann said. “She has always had a genuine heart for people. Honestly, it fills her with joy and purpose to love others. It’s fun to watch her grow.”
Alice Regina Designs
Just recently, Avery started a for-profit line of earrings — Alice Regina Designs.
“I named it after two strong women,” she said. The two strong women are Avery’s great-grandmothers — Alice Herrmann and Regina Klein.
After the success of her Honor Flight jewelry, her parents thought it would be good for her to have her non-profit line along with a for-profit line as a way to teach her about finances and budgeting. Avery took out a business loan from her parents to purchase a Cricut machine and other supplies to begin Alice Regina Designs.
Alice Regina Designs are currently sold at The Girl Cave Boutique and Mary Bell Boutique, both in downtown Sabetha.
“Avery approached me to broaden her reach as a business rather than a fundraiser,” said Andee Rettele, owner of Mary Bell Boutique.
Rettele said Avery approached her at the beginning of August. An official business meeting was conducted, wherein Rettele laid out the options available for Avery to carry her earrings at Mary Bell.
“Avery came in for an official business meeting with samples of her wares, and we discussed wholesale pricing versus consignment and what would be the most beneficial to her,” Rettele said.
Alice Regina Designs includes both statement and muted earrings for all ages. The Alice Regina earrings range in price from $3 to $18.
“My favorites are the neutral leathers as well as the fun tassels!” Rettele said.
Avery finds ideas for all her designs by looking at pictures. She gets supplies from Amazon, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Etsy. Her cousin, Erin Herrmann, worked with her to design logos for both of her lines; and her aunt, Carrie Herrmann, cuts the tags for her.
More About Avery
Avery, the daughter of Jay and Mary Herrmann, is in fourth grade at Sabetha Elementary School. She has two older sisters, Emily and Kelsey, and a younger brother, Tyler. She is the granddaughter of Donna Klein and great-granddaughter of Regina Klein, both of Sabetha.
Besides making earrings, Avery also enjoys getting crafty, bike riding and snuggling and watching movies.
When asked what she wants to do when she grows up, she said “make earrings.”
Sabetha Kansas Honor Flight
The Sabetha Honor Flight group’s mission is to raise funds to send local veterans on the Honor Flight. The group formed in 2018.
The Honor Flight Network’s goal is to send veterans free of charge. Because of this, donations from the public are greatly needed to support these veterans.
The local organization has sent three veterans — Norman Ashcraft, James Meyer and Dan Anderson. The organization has raised enough funds to send four more veterans and are hoping to find more local veterans interested.
The Sabetha Kansas Honor Flight has a fund through the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation, to which anyone can contribute.
For more information about the Sabetha Honor Flight, follow the Facebook page at Sabetha Kansas Honor Flight or contact Mary Herrmann at 785-285-0646 or Jay Herrmann at 785-285-0647.
Kansas Honor Flight
Kansas Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s Veterans for their sacrifices. This is an affiliate of the Honor Flight Network. The organization helps to transport our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials free of cost.
The cost for the flight is $800 per person. The fee covers airfare, food, lodging and ground transportation to war memorials and other points of interest while in Washington, D.C., for three days. Flights occur April through June and September through November. Oxygen and wheelchairs are provided, along with medical staff. Veterans, as well as guardians, must complete an application.
To be eligible for the Honor Flight, veterans must have served during the following years of war: World War II (Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946); Korean War (June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955); or the Vietnam War (Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975).
For more information or to complete an application, visit http://www.kansashonorflight.org.