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Richmond Students Sewing Pillows for People in Need Through 'SEW for SOS'

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Middle Schools at Collegiate School in Richmond are taking part in "Sew for SOS" Middle Schools at Collegiate School in Richmond are taking part in "Sew for SOS"
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Middle students at Collegiate School are spending their recess time cutting, threading and stuffing for an initiative called “SEW for SOS.”

“Sew these miniature positive pillows. Each one is 5 by 5 inches and has a kind and inspirational message inside, and we are sending them out to hospital patients, war veterans, victims of depression, other people who need some cheering up in their lives,” said Luke Tyson, who started the initiative.

The 12-year-old came up with the idea when he was feeling down after he broke his elbow for the second time.

“After I got past it I wanted to get other people out of their slump so I came up with this concept," he said.

Students meet in the library's work space every day, writing personal messages inside each pillow.

“We know that you'll get through this, you're loved, things like that, basically uplifting,” said Tyson.

In just a few months, they've shipped more than 500 pillows across the country. This year, they hope to reach more people in need...to bring a smile to their faces.

“I've been in the hospital a lot and just having someone thinking I can make it through is something to look forward to,” said Connor Romanosky, a student.

“They are all very different from each other, but they all have compassion.

And when you see a group of kids that big, day 1 of school excited to come back and do something for other people, I can't imagine anything better than that,” said Carolyn LaMontagne, the head librarian at the middle school.

“They're willing to give up recess period to make pillows for people who really need it, and I think that's kinda cool,” said Deven Pandya, a student.

“We, even though we're kids, can make people happy,” said Tyson.

The group has been working to raise money online to buy sewing kits for other schools in the area so that other students can take part in SEW for SOS.

Learn more about the initiative here.

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