Mt. Pleasant girl named huggable hero’ for work with homeless shelter
You might say that Clara Pilley is keyed into the needs of her community.
Then again, you might call her a “huggable hero.” Build-A-Bear Workshop would.
The company named 15 kids and teens from the U.S. and Canada its “heroes” last week for helping out and making a difference in their communities.
The Mount Pleasant 10-year-old was the only South Carolinian to make the cut and was recognized for “Keys for Hope,” a charity she started with her friends last September.
The group has been painting and selling keys for $5 apiece to raise money for Crisis Ministries, a Charleston homeless shelter.
With a $2,500 award from Build-A-Bear, it’s been enough to raise about $23,000 for the shelter, helping to fund its new $6 million building.
The effort was picked from more than 1,000 nominations and will send Clara to a ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. First, though, she and the other winners will take a trip to Memphis, Tenn., to volunteer at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Her mom, Sheri Pilley, said she was shocked when she heard the news. She’d nominated her daughter on a whim and thought it was a long shot.
Sheri and Clara were together when they got the call. Her daughter, she said, was speechless and burst into tears as they listened.
“We were just ecstatic when they called us,” she said.
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