Kamryn Gardner, 7, recently wrote to Old Navy requesting the company consider creating girl’s jeans with pockets that are actually real.
Kamryn, who is from Bentonville, Arkansas, made headlines everywhere when she went public with her sweet letter.
“They were fake pockets,” said Kamryn. “It bothered me that they weren’t real pockets.” So, she decided to do something about it. As a class assignment, she was told to practice persuasive writing. And she quickly decided this was her opportunity.
“I wrote to them because I would like a place to put my hands and a place to hold my stuff,” stated Kamryn. “I want my pants to have real pockets like my brother’s pants.”
And in a surprising twist, Old Navy actually responded to the letter — and Kamyrn’s school district posted the letter to its Facebook page.
It was mid-January when Kamryn decided to first forge the letter.
“She’d been voicing her frustration to me and her dad that her Old Navy pants had pockets that were sewn shut,” said Kim Gardner, 36.
Kamryn felt confident she was able to write a letter pointing out her issue with Old Navy’s pockets, as she had previous practice with her parents earlier that month.
“I wrote them a letter that I wanted a camera and an Etch a Sketch, but it didn’t go so well,” Kamryn said.
Her mother informed her it would be a good life lesson to send a handwritten letter to Old Navy about her concerns — and so Kamryn did just that.
“Dear Old Navy,” she wrote. “I do not like that the front pockets of the girl’s jeans are fake. I want front pockets because I want to put my hands in them. I also would like to put things in them. Would you consider making girl’s jeans with front pockets that are not fake. Thank you for reading my request. Sincerely, Kamryn Gardner, age 7.”
When her mom read the letter out loud, her brother, Landon, 9, sided with his sister.
“It was very persuasive,” he said. “I’ve never had this problem [of no pockets]. But I’ve heard my sister talk about not having pockets all the time.”
Before Kim mailed the letter, she recalled she informed her daughter: “Let’s see what happens. We’ll have to wait now and see if they’ll write back.”
“We honestly thought it would end there,” said Kamryn’s dad, Brandon Gardner, 38, who works in the retail industry.
“We just want our kids to learn to use their own voices and solve problems,” he said. “We didn’t think we’d hear from Old Navy, and that if we did, it would be a generic email.”
But last month, the whole family was blown away when they found a package from Old Navy addressed to Kamryn when they returned home from spring break in New Mexico, according to Kim.
Kamryn was over the moon to receive two new pairs of Old Navy shorts and two pairs of pants (with real pockets,) along with a handwritten note from Julie Wood of Old Navy’s kids’ team.
“Kamryn, thank you so much for taking the time to write to us about pockets on girl’s jeans,” Wood wrote. “The Old Navy kids product team appreciate your information. It’s great feedback as we develop new product. In appreciation, please accept some girls bottoms for you to enjoy.”
Kamryn was so elated to hear back that she took the note and the pants in to school on show-and-tell day.
“The girls in my class are really happy about it,” she said. “They like pockets, too.”
Kamryn’s teacher, Ellie Jayne, said she expected nothing less from the girl who has a heart for soccer, climbing, and regularly coming up with creative ways to celebrate holidays and her friends’ accomplishments.
“Kamryn doesn’t brag on herself, but she is excellent in everything she does,” Jayne said. “She has a big, fun personality and always speaks her mind.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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