Blount County teen raises money to provide books written in Braille for blind children

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ONEONTA, Ala (WIAT) – A Oneonta teen is giving back to the community to help blind children have access to books written in Braille.

13-year-old Sydney Clyde sells baked goods through her organization, Sydney Sweet Sprinkles, and donates the proceeds to the American Printing House of the Blind and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The organizations transcribe books into Braille and donate the books to families of blind children.

“The money I’m sending them right now is sending six Braille books a year to 130 families,” said Sydney Clyde.

She was inspired to do this work in honor of her younger brother, Sawyer Clyde.

“My little brother he’s three, and he’s been blind his whole life. Ever since he was born,” said Sydney Clyde. “When we started receiving books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, I decided that I was going to donate to them.”

Her mother, Teri Clyde, says her daughter’s work inspired the entire family. 

“It’s the greatest joy of all to see your children want to serve instead of [being] served, and that’s just truly who Sydney is,” said Teri Clyde. “She wants to serve others. She finds every opportunity to do it. I can’t think of anything that would be better than that.”

Sydney Clyde has advice for other people her age who want to give back.

“You can really start wherever whenever. Just find something you’re passionate about. Maybe you could just do something in your community. Even if it’s just tutoring a younger kid. That’s still helping the community.” said Sydney Clyde.

If you would like to support Sydney Clyde by purchasing baked goods through her organization, click here to join the Facebook group.

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