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Chains for Charity: Teen craftsman shares profits with needy

Kyle Holt is a 16-year-old with many interests and abilities: blacksmithing, hunting, welding, woodworking, growing shitake mushrooms. He also sews, felts and makes jewelry.

A parishioner of All Saints Church in Richford, Kyle has made a commitment to share a portion of his jewelry sales with charity.

“It’s a good thing to do,” he said of helping others, noting the importance of charity in the life of the Catholic Church and the example of generosity he has received from his mother, Brenda, and his maternal grandparents, Cedric and Theresa Snider.

Kyle said his grandfather — a Knight of Columbus -— is his role model; someday he too might be a Knight. 

In fact, it’s his grandfather who helps him with many of his projects. “He’s a jack of all trades and master of none but oftentimes better than master of one,” Kyle said with a smile.

“Pépère” (the French word for granddad) helped Kyle make his own spot welder with a microwave transformer to assist with some of his jewelry projects that include rings, necklaces and earrings.

A junior at Richford Junior/Senior High School where his favorite classes are math and science, Kyle attended this summer’s Family Retreat at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Troy where he sold some cross necklaces he had made out of small metal circles. Part of his proceeds went to the religious goods ministry there.

Kyle has had odd jobs stacking wood, sweeping and removing rocks, and he has an interest in Medieval history and Old Testament history. “I like the stories, and the morals are good,” he said of the Bible stories.

Kyle attended the Governor’s Institute, a recent weeklong summer program at the University of Vermont where he learned about circuitry, computer coding, power converters and transformers. He’d like to be an engineer, perhaps a mechanical or chemical engineer.

For now, he said he’d like to  continue jewelry making and share his profits with charities where he sees a need.

Article written by Cori Fugere Urban,
Vermont Catholic content editor/staff writer.
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