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Chico's LN4 Hand Project has provided 57,000 prosthetic hands to people in more than 80 countries. They are receiving a big boost from generous BTS fans.

Posted: Jan 2, 2021 4:47 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2021 6:22 PM

CHICO, Calif.- Since 2005, the LN4 Hand Project has been able to provide 57,000 hands in over 80 countries.

“It is made of plastic and it has three digits on top and two digits on the bottom," said ambassador liaison for LN4 Hand Project, Carissa Rystrom. "The hand opens and then you just close it. It really changes lives.”

Rystrom said though 2020 presented many challenges, they were presented with an unforgettable opportunity from the world-famous K-Pop band, BTS and their fan base.

“Their fandom, Army, votes for each band member's birthday," said Rystrom. "They vote on a category like a charitable category and this year is for Kim Tae-Hyung which is the band member’s name. The category selected was disabilities.”

Army began a 5-day flash fundraiser that began on December 26th for the LN4 Hand Project raising almost $60,000.

"The popularity and really the deep connection that people feel when they know they can give money and put an actual hand on a person, that is what I really think drove the success of the fundraiser," said Rystrom. 

Rystrom shared what it means to her to be able to have this happen for the foundation.  

“Well I would say the biggest thing that comes to mind for me and seeing the results of this fundraiser is just seeing people’s overwhelming generosity despite a pandemic," said Rystrom.

She said the money that was raised will go toward shipping the hands internationally and for materials to build the hands themselves.

 People can make a donation or become a volunteer for the LN4 Hand Project by clicking HERE

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