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Pillows for St. Jude: 9-year-old girl sewing for a purpose

St. Amelia School third grader Charlotte Nudell sold over 50 pillows and has raised more than $500 for the charity.
Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 18:35:24-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — During Lent this year, Charlotte Nudell decided she wanted to make a difference in her local community.

"I make pillows," she said, while giggling through our interview inside the library of her school - St. Amelia in the Town of Tonawanda.

This little girl has been an expert at the sewing machine for about two years now - so when her father brought about the idea of a "Lenten promise," she jumped at the chance.

"Sewing is super easy. All you have to do is push the pedal. So when dad said the idea ... I thought, let's do it. Let's make some pillows," said Nudell.

Check out some of Charlotte's pillows:

Of course, this talented seamstress work blew up, both in her 3rd grade class and all over the Town of Tonawanda.

"I've made more than 50 pillows!! It's crazy, everybody wanted one. I'm super stressed," said Nudell.

Charlotte's pillows were sold for $5 each - and she collected all that money, plus donations, and will be donating it to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"It made me feel good to help sick kids. I saw it on TV that they help kids with cancer, and that's good. I don't know any other charities either," said Nudell.

Charlotte has wrapped up her pillow-making for this Lent season - with a final total of more than $500 raised for St. Jude.

7 News reached out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital when we caught wind of Charlotte's story. This is what they said:

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded on the generosity and kindness of individuals like Charlotte who find their purpose by giving back. We are grateful for Charlotte’s sewing project, which provided comfort for others while also supporting the kids of St. Jude. It was a beautiful act of kindness by a very talented child. Efforts like hers help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live.”
Myrna Mulholland, Territory Vice President, ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.