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Inspired by a commercial, Oxbow girl starts her own charity

Ella Schonteich has raised nearly $1000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital

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Ella Schonteich working on her pendants.
Mike McGurran

Sometimes, the smallest people can make the biggest difference.

Ella Schonteich is all of nine years old, and her priorities are a little different than most kids her age.

She was watching TV a few weeks ago, when inspiration struck.

"I was watching this commercial," Schonteich said. "And it made me a little sad about how people can't afford medical bills. So I wanted to help them."

It was a commercial for St. Jude's Children's hospital. But what can a young person like her possibly do to help them?

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She's always loved arts and crafts, so she decided to put those skills to use. She started making and selling necklaces, with all the money she makes going straight to St. Jude's.

Ella's mom Ashley Bosh says they weren't prepared for the response. They've raised nearly a thousand dollars since Ella's project began.

"It just kind of took off maybe faster than we thought," Bosh said.

She says finding ways to give back is important to her, and something she's tried to pass on to her children.

"It's a huge foundation in this house, like you don't have to be the best at basketball, you don't have to be the smartest, you don't have to be the best looking," Bosh said. "But you have to be kind and you have to take care of others."

With more orders coming in every day, Ella's going to be keeping busy. Her mom hopes Ella's work can help us all feel a bit better about what's been a trying time for many.

"It gives you a positive outlook and you know, that the world doesn't feel as dark," she said.

And for her part, Schonteich says doing stuff like this will always be a part of her life.

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"It just makes me happy to help people," she said.

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