Kylie Orbin raises money for Boston victims with 'Pins for Peace'

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By Sharon Stevens, Education Reporter

O'FALLON, Mo. (KSDK) - What started as a school project is now a fundraiser for friends and relatives affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Leading the effort is a 10-year-old fourth grader from the Fort Zumwalt School District in O'Fallon, Missouri. Kylie Orbin created the colorful 'Pins for Peace' project less than a week ago.

She has raised nearly $900 with help from social media, friends and classmates.

Orbin, a student at Twin Chimneys Elementary School in O'Fallon, felt sad when she heard about the Boston Marathon bombings.

"I felt bad for the people that got injured," Orbin said. "So I thought I could raise enough money to help some of the families that go injured."

In social studies class, Kylie had been learning how to be an entrepreneur when the idea hit her. Kylie said all of the money will go to the One Boston Foundation.

Putting the pins together is a family affair; mom and dad and her little sister are helping kylie put these together and then they're sending them all over the country, including Utah, Washington, Illinois and of course, right here in the St. Louis area.

Nichole Orbin created a Facebook account to get the word out. People have also given cash or checks beyond the one dollar price tag, and Kylie has raised money at school.

Nichole Orbin said there are several ways to order the pins:

-Go to the Pins for Peace Facebook page. You can send a message to Nichole Orbin on that page, and click on the Paypal link on the page to pay.
-Or you can just click on the Paypal link on the Facebook page and make note of your address and how many you are ordering.
-You can also email Kylie at and let them know your order. You can then pay by check or through Paypal.

The pins are $1 apiece, with $1 added if they need to be mailed out. 


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