Seeds of Care

By Frank Lewis -

Mikayla Conley’s great-grandfather Bob Conley loved birds and had bird feeders outside his window. She became inspired.

“In order to help me help others, I’ve decided to make bird seed ornaments; something he would have loved to see hanging in trees and watch while the birds picked at them,” Mikayla said. “These ornaments will be sent out after receipt of any donation.”

Seeds of Care is the 10-year-old’s own creation.

“She wanted to do something to raise money just to give back,” Mikayla’s mom, Shannon Conley said. “She wanted to make bracelets first. I told her that is done a lot and to think of something that means something to her.”

There it was – bird seed ornaments in honor of her great-grandfather. The money she receive from the donations will go to purchase items and food for those in need and will help her complete her plan to back to her community and peers.

“We have finally gotten enough (donations) to get a good donation together,” Shannon said. “We are actually going to go tonight (Thursday) to Aldi’s and get some non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies to deliver this weekend to the (Scioto County) Homeless Shelter.”

Mikayla ultimately wants to donate to the homeless shelter, animal shelters, and other causes.

“She wants to do this clear up to the beginning of the school year,” Shannon said.

Mikayla told her mother about a boy in her class at Clay Elementary who didn’t have school supplies or a backpack. She said her teacher bought the things the boy needed.

“I want to get a few of those so I can give them out,” Mikayla said.

Shannon said Mikayla wants to get coats and socks and other cold weather needs to distribute to those in need.

Shannon said they use wild bird seed and combine it with flour, corn syrup and water in creating the ornaments. Cookie cutters and string are used as well paper with motivational writing.

Those wishing to make donations or to purchase an ornament can go to their Facebook page – Seeds of Care.

“There’s a link on there that takes you to a donation page where you can make your donation,” Shannon said. “It explains it on there, the sizes that we have and what each donation will get you.”

“I thank my mom, my dad, and my little brother, Damien, for the help and support,” Mikayla said.

By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.