Stitching Up the Gulf

Video: 12-year-old Sofia Aderer lost her home to Katrina. Now she's doing her best to make sure birds don't lose their lives to the BP oil spill.

Meet Sofia, a 12-year-old on a mission to make a difference. Her family lost their home to Hurricane Katrina 5 years ago; now, oil from the BP spill is affecting her Mississippi town. Her mother, worried how a childhood "sandwiched between disasters" would affect Sofia, suggested she find a way to do something about this one.

Sofia started creating and selling hand-sewn birds to raise money for the "Sofia Aderer Audubon Society Fund," to benefit birds harmed by the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So far the demand is higher than the supply of the hand-stitched birds that Sofia spends hours assembling and creating.

Video by Allison Fast and Chandler Griffin.

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