Scarlett’s Superstars: J.P. Mackey

By Anne Cissel

Kids like you can make a difference for wildlife and the environment. Meet some inspiring young heroes who have turned their love of animals into action! 



photo by Ann Cameron Siegal

J.P. Mackey, Bumble Bracelets

Bees are incredibly important. Without their pollinating power, many flowers, vegetables, and fruits wouldn’t exist! Unfortunately, pesticides, habitat loss, and disease threaten bees’ survival. J.P. Mackey, 14, of Reston, Virginia, wanted to help.

In a community garden near his home, J.P. has planted vegetables and native flowers, attracting lots of hungry bees. But he didn’t stop there. With his mom’s help, he started a nonprofit bracelet-making business, called Bumble Bracelets, to help save the bees.

J.P. donates all the money he gets from selling bracelets to Heifer International’s Gift of Honeybees program, which provides beehives to farmers to help pollinate their crops. As of August 2021, J.P. has donated $10,200 to the program. Way to go, J.P.! To find out more, visit

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