by Brittni Carraway
Kate Shepherd is a 16-year-old from Blackwell Oklahoma. She opened her own business called Dainty Slime Company that operates on Facebook.
Dainty Slime Company started four years ago and came about from Kate wanting to make homemade slime, but her mother was worried about it sticking to everything. After some research, she created scented slimes of various aromas and appearances that do not stick to clothing, carpet, blankets and other surfaces, and the business has grown from there.
A portion of all Kate’s sales from Dainty Slime goes to helping organizations like the OK Kids Korral, OU Children’s Hospital, as well as hospitals in Blackwell and Ponca City. She also donates bears as part of her “Hugs for Hospitals” campaign, which gives stuffed bears to children who come into the ER with injuries or a traumatic experience!!
Shepard’s desire to help healthcare workers comes from when she was at OU Children’s Hospital at age 13. “I had a lot of surgery done at the OU Children’s Hospital,” Shepherd said. “They gave me a stuffed bear, and it stuck with me ever since. Thanks to that kindness and how it made me feel, I wanted to do that for other kids. I wanted to really give them that warmth and joy of getting to snuggle with a soft gift.”