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Spirit of Acadiana: Scarlett Robb's next chapter

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 14, 2020

The old Scarlett Robb was just a bored 11-year old girl. “I wanted something to do during this isolation,” she said back in April of this year, “and I thought that I could help a charity.”

So, starting in mid-April she washed cars and raised over $600 for The Pet Food Pantry. And I thought that was probably enough; I thought then she should stop.

But she didn’t stop. You see, Scarlett Robb of Lafayette is now… “Making masks with my grandma.”

Grandma Mimi had the mask idea, but Scarlett took it up a notch. “And I was helping her, and then, she (Mimi) thought maybe we could make some for charity,” smiles Scarlett, knowing that she had the perfect charity in mind.

Scarlett had already raised $100 for the pantry in just a week - but within minutes of her story airing on KATC at 5:00, Scarlett sold her last 20 masks and raised an additional $100. She's also having some help taking orders.

She and Mimi do a variety of styles and colors.. though Scarlett has a favorite. “I really like this fabric because I’m in the Boy Scouts,” says Scarlett as she holds a mask primarily in the color white but with trees, tents, campers, and canoes on it as well. “It’s pretty cool; it’s got camping and canoes.”

One more note for this L.J. Alleman Middle School student: she’s also raising Pantry money by watering plants and picking up mail for neighbors.

And if you asked Scarlett what she did this summer, she would answer, “I washed cars”, and “I made masks”, and “I helped in people’s yards.” That would make for a pretty full summer.

With all proceeds of her mask sales going to The Pet Food Pantry, here’s Scarlett’s elevator pitch: “Well, it has a metal piece for the nose, and you can put a filter in it if you need, and it can fit on your mouth.” That, my friends, is a perfect pitch. For the perfect philanthropist.

Speaking of, I asked Scarlett if she knew the definition of the word ‘philanthropist.' She does. “It’s someone that does things like giving money to people who need it more.”

By the way, Scarlett Robb recently turned 12 years old and that brings up this question:

What were you doing when you were 12?

Scarlett’s masks can be ordered for only five dollars each by contacting

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