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Suffield Teen Uses Social Media to Save Family from Homelessness

SUFFIELD TEEN1 SUFFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) — A Connecticut woman has had some weight lifted off her shoulders, thanks to her daughter’s plea for help online.

The Daily Dot reports that Danielle Walters (left), 14, found out her mother Noelle Walters-Davis (right) had just been laid off from her job as a banker. As a hobby, the mother and daughter sold handmade soaps and candles on e-commerce website Etsy.

Knowing their “shop”, aptly named Suffield Sundries, brought in a small amount of money, Danielle took to her blog on tumblr.com to publicize the scented soaps. Her hope being that Suffield Sundries would “get big and noticed a lot more.”


SUFFIELD TEEN2Walters writes:

I’ll I’m asking is to reblog this picture and keep the caption to help my mom’s business get out there.

My mom recently got fired from her job, my step-dad moved out and we don’t have enough money to keep living where we are. She has a small business where she sells candles, soaps, and soon body spray. (Which smell delicious (is that weird?) by the way)

All I want is for her business to get big and noticed a lot more than it is. This is what she’s wanted to do when she was younger, and even today. Make candles, soaps, etc. She loves this. She hated her old job as a banker and she hated retail. I want her to be happy.

So if you could, reblog this picture and keep the caption. If you could, follow her Facebook, Twitter, and/or Etsy. Buying from her Etsy or Website would mean a lot but I’m not asking you too.



At first the posting didn’t gain much traction, according to The Daily Dot, over two months it only collected a few dozen “likes” and “reblogs” (re-posts by other tumblr.com users).

Then, by the weekend of August 10, the post took off. On August 18, the posting had more than 36,000 combined “likes” and “reblogs.” The attention certainly meant good news for business.


A posting on the Suffield Sundries Etsy page reads: “Thank you to everyone who found us through Tumblr! Your kind words and support have been amazing! We are currently sold out but will be restocking over the next week so check back soon!”

Noelle tells The Daily Dot that she’s still looking for work, but the income from Suffield Sundries is helping the family keep their home.

For more information on Suffield Sundries you can also visit their website by clicking here.

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