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Pinterest event gathers donations for at-risk youth

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Pinterest is sweeping the country. Women, teens - even men have jumped on the bandwagon and joined the obsession for Do-It-Yourself projects.

"Oh yes. Some work, some don't. But it's fun to try," says one Pinterest addict.

Sandi Turner, Director of Sondra's Song, saw this craze and decided to take advantage of it.

"I just saw the social media, the advertising about Pinterest and how people are hooked and I'm like - we really need to figure out how to make this work for our organization,,," Turner said.

Turner decided why not bring the website to Lubbock?

"We invited different vendors and individuals to come and showcase their items. It can be a non-profit organization, could be a small business owner, or a stay-at-home mom. They just draw inspiration from Pinterest," Turner said.

Turner said 35 vendors and more than 400 Pinterest fanatics turned out for the event.

"I found a bracelet and I found a little coin purse. I'm very excited about both and I saw some good ideas to try at home," one shopper said.

But the event wasn't just created so Pinterest lovers can get their fix. Turner says it's much bigger than that.

"Usually when people say foster kids, they think of the smaller kids, so our teenagers are not even thought of... We want to bring awareness to that," she said.

Sondra's Song is an organization here in Lubbock that helps young people who are aging out of the foster care system.

"We want to help avoid homelessness or being in trouble with gangs, violence, anything like that. We just want to be mentors and help them through the process," Turner said.

So not only do these Pinterest lovers get their fix, all of the proceeds from booth rentals and the entrance fee will go towards helping these children.

You can learn more about Sondra's Song at www.sondrassong.org.

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