Teens using bracelets to help brighten smiles of those in need

They’re still in high school but that hasn’t stopped two suburban teens from making their generous mark in the world.

Naperville teens and best friends Nandini Arakoni and Sanjana Gangadharan spend nearly all of their free time making charm bracelets. But it’s not for the love of jewelry. It for the love of children.

In January of 2017, the girls began selling charm bracelets to raise money for children with cleft lips or palates. Hoping to raise a little money for the cause they created a website called SideBySideSmiles .

The response to help was overwhelming. To date, the teens have raised nearly $18,000 dollars and have sold more than 2000 bracelets. All proceeds go to the Smile Train organization, an organization that funds cleft lip surgeries for kids around the globe. The girls estimate they have helped approximately 70 children receive surgical care.

Nandini Arakoni and Sanjana Gangadharan are two of Chicago’s Very Own.

If you would like to donate visit sidebysidesmiles.org