'Buddy the Elf' is challenging Bostonians to street pillow fights, and it's sheer delight.

Pillow fights on the streets of America? It's 2018, so why not.

Imagine walking down the street and having a man dressed as an elf toss you a pillow, while holding his own pillow in a fighting stance. What do you do?

You pillow fight, of course!


Thanks to fun-loving firefighter Brendan Edwards, the people of Boston are being challenged to pillow fights in the streets. Edwards, dressed as Will Ferrell's lovable character Buddy from the movie "Elf," tosses a pillow to passersby in the hopes that they'll engage in a friendly, fluffy duel—and people are loving it.

Video of the pillow fights have gone massively viral.

Edwards and his younger brothers, Ryan and Devin, decided they wanted to make a Christmas-themed video. They make videos together occasionally and upload them to Facebook, she says. Edwards already had the Buddy the Elf costume, and the idea to start pillow fights came up in the brothers' brainstorming, so they went with it.

"At first our goal was to make the video for our friends and family on Facebook," says Edwards, "but as the first day went on, we began to see the positive impact we were making and we started doing it to capture the joy these strangers were getting out of hitting an elf with a pillow."

The first video garnered 45 million views in a matter of days across various outlets, and Edwards joy-spreading fights have been picked up by news and media channels across the nation.

The old lady handing offer her water bottle all hold-my-earrings-like is the best part:

Pillow Fights with Strangers ft. Buddy the Elf

Pillow Fights with Strangers ft. Buddy the Elf..Music: Pennies from Heaven by Louis Prima.🎥: Ryan Sullivan.Inspired by: BigDawsTv Angrypicnic Steven Schapiro RossCreations

Posted by Brendan Edwards on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Edwards and company are using their viral fame to raise money for the Make-a-Wish foundation.

The pillow fights have truly become a family affair. Edwards' girlfriend, Hayley O'Loughlin, has now joined him in his surprise pillow street fight matches. She plays the role of Jovie—Zoey Deschanel's character from "Elf" who's Buddy's love interest.

Seriously, could they be any cuter?

Photo via Brendan Edwards/Facebook.

In follow-up video, "Buddy" calls for "back-up," and "Jovie"—dressed in a pink and red elf costume—comes to the rescue. And this time around, Edwards is inviting viewers to donate to charity.

"While uploading the second video I noticed there was an option to add a 'Donation Button," says Edwards. "I considered the reach we made with the first video and the number of people that left such positive comments and thought, 'Well maybe I can give back somehow.' So I chose my favorite charity Make-A-Wish and hit upload."

ROUND 2: Pillow Fights With Strangers ft. Buddy the Elf AND JOVIE!

ROUND 2: Pillow Fights with Strangers ft. Buddy the Elf and JOVIE!..Music: Pennies from Heaven by Louis Prima.🎥: Ryan SullivanThe viral Buddy takes to the streets of Boston, MA once again to challenge the unexpected to PILLOW FIGHTS! Only this time he calls for back up... AND IT'S JOVIE!

Posted by Brendan Edwards on Monday, December 10, 2018

Keep on spreading that childlike joy and cheer, Buddy. Goodness knows we can all use some.

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Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.

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Brantley and his snowman

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"Would you like to build a snowman?" If you asked five-year-old Brantley from Texas this question, the answer would be a resounding "Yes!" While it may sound like a simple dream, since Texas doesn't usually see much snow, it seemed like a lofty one for him, even more so because Brantley has a congenital heart disease.

On Dec. 11, 2019, however, the real Macy's Santa and his two elves teamed up with Make-A-Wish to surprise Brantley and his family on his way to Colorado where there was plenty of snow for him to build his very own snowman, fulfilling his wish as part of the Macy's Believe campaign. After a joy-filled plane ride where every passenger got gift bags from Macy's, the family arrived in Breckenridge, Colorado where Santa and his elves helped Brantley build a snowman.

Brantley, Brantley's mom, and Santa marveling at their snowmanAll photos courtesy of Macy's

Brantley, who according to his mom had never actually seen snow, was blown away by the experience.

"Well, I had to build a snowman because snowmen are my favorite," Brantley said in an interview with Summit Daily. "All of it was my favorite part."

This is just one example of the more than 330,000 wishes the nonprofit Make-A-Wish have fulfilled to bring joy to children fighting critical illnesses since its founding 40 years ago. Even though many of the children that Make-A-Wish grants wishes for manage or overcome their illnesses, they often face months, if not years of doctor's visits, hospital stays and uncomfortable treatments. The nonprofit helps these children and their families replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.

It's hardly an outlandish notion — research shows that a wish come true can help increase these children's resiliency and improve their quality of life. Brantley is a prime example.

"This couldn't have come at a better time because we see all the hardships that we went through last year," Brantley's mom Brandi told Summit Daily.

Brantley playing with snowballs

Now more than ever, kids with critical illnesses need hope. Since they're particularly vulnerable to disease, they and their families have had to isolate even more during the pandemic and avoid the people they love most and many of the activities that recharge them. That's why Make-A-Wish is doing everything it can to fulfill wishes in spite of the unprecedented obstacles.

That's where you come in. Macy's has raised over $132 million for Make-A-Wish, and helped grant more than 15,500 wishes since their partnership began in 2003, but they couldn't have done that without the support of everyday people. The crux of that support comes from Macy's Believe Campaign — the longstanding holiday fundraising effort where for every letter to Santa that's written online at Macys.com or dropped off safely at the red Believe mailbox at their stores, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. New this year, National Believe Day will be expanded to National Believe Week and will provide customers the opportunity to double their donations ($2 per letter, up to an additional $1 million) for a full week from Sunday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 5.

There are more ways to support Make-A-Wish besides letter-writing too. If you purchase a $4 Believe bracelet, $2 of each bracelet will be donated to Make-A-Wish through Dec. 31. And for families who are all about the holiday PJs, on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1), 20 percent of the purchase price of select family pajamas will benefit Make-A-Wish.

Elizabeth living out her wish of being a fashion designer

Additionally, this year's campaign features 6-year-old Elizabeth, a Make-A-Wish child diagnosed with leukemia, whose wish to design a dress recently came true. Thanks to the style experts at Macy's Fashion Office and I.N.C. International Concepts, only at Macy's, Elizabeth had the opportunity to design a colorful floral maxi dress. Elizabeth's exclusive design is now available online at Macys.com and in select Macy's stores. In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, 20 percent of the purchase price of Elizabeth's dress (through Dec. 31) will benefit Make-A-Wish.You can also donate directly to Make-A-Wish via Macy's website.

This holiday season may be a tough one this year, but you can bring joy to children fighting critical illnesses by delivering hope for their wishes to come true.

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