Abbotsford youngster Hudson Poittris is hoping to raise money to provide students at his school friendship bracelets. (Submitted)

Abbotsford youngster Hudson Poittris is hoping to raise money to provide students at his school friendship bracelets. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Abbotsford youth launches GoFundMe for friendship bracelets

Hudson Poittris, nine, hopes bracelets will increase inclusivity and kindness

An Abbotsford youngster is trying to spread the message of friendship and inclusivity in his school.

Nine-year-old Hudson Poittris, a Grade 4 student at Abbotsford’s Margaret Stenersen Elementary, is aiming to purchase 500 friendship bracelets to give to kids at his school to let them know they all belong.

Poittris and his mother Karen Walters posted a video to YouTube on Saturday, sharing that he hates to see kids being bullied or made fun of. He feels the bracelets will help kids remember to be nice to one another.

“It makes me feel really bad for them,” he said, of bullying he’s witnessed. “I don’t want that to happen to somebody. People do it to try and be cool or popular, but it’s just you being a jerk.”

He said the friendship bracelet program will help bring kids together and that all schools should offer it to students.

He and his mother launched a GoFundMe for the bracelets, and is hoping to raise $500 to purchase 450 bracelets. Those bracelets will then be shared among all students at his school. The GoFundMe, which was created on Sunday, has raised $165 so far.

The GoFundMe can be seen by clicking anywhere in this sentence.

Poittris said ideally it would be great to have the bracelets purchased and distributed in advance of Pink Shirt Day, which occurs on Feb. 24 this year.

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