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Student turns concern for Darfur into helpful enterprise

July 16, 2009

How many times have you heard about the genocide in Darfur and wondered if we were doing anything to help? Well, the Colorado State University School of Social Work has one of its undergraduate students working for the cause.

Class project grows into business

What started out as a class project has grown into a business and a passion for Jessy Turnell. In Fall 2007, she created a website informing people of the situation in Darfur and named her limited liability company “Who Cares? Bags” to get people thinking about whether or not they care and what they are willing to do for the citizens of Darfur.

Turnell’s idea for the website was influenced by her sponsorship of a child through World Vision, a faith-based organization aimed toward improving the lives of children. It was through this sponsorship that Turnell began to understand the true problem taking place in Darfur.

Citizens of Darfur, local non-profit benefits

Through Turnell’s website, people are able to purchase tote bags, book bags, and T-shirts. Fifty percent of the proceeds obtained through these sales goes toward helping the citizens of Darfur.

But for Turnell, it is important to support local organizations as well, which is why she also donates 50 percent of the proceeds from select products to the Food Bank for Larimer County and World Vision. Customers decide who the money should be donated to based on the different messages on the merchandise.

If you would like to purchase one of Jessy Turnell’s products, please visit, and you too can help the cause in Darfur.


Original story written by Courtney Gaston, B.S.W. student and published in the School of Social Work News, 2009.