Necklaces inspired by boy with autism go worldwide

Necklaces inspired by boy with autism go worldwide

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by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 3:18 AM

BOISE -- Homemade necklaces inspired by a Treasure Valley boy are making quite a splash in the autism community and beyond.

It all started when 8-year-old Drew Elliott, who has autism, told his mom he wanted a best friend.

"He and I were at a restaurant one day and he was feeling sad and there were about 13 construction workers, greasy hands and hard hats on, and he said 'I want someone to wear the other half of my BFF necklace and I asked a whole bunch of kids and no one would wear it,'" said Drew's mom, Natalie.

Those 13 construction workers heard what happened, and they all wanted to wear one, but only if Drew made the necklaces himself. So he did.

"It started out with 13, and then it got bigger than we were," said Natalie.

Much bigger. The word spread on Facebook, and a little boy who just wanted a friend became an instant star.

"It became a little facebook page called Drew Elliott and Friends. Hundreds of people have liked the page and requested the necklaces. once they get them, they post pictures.

"They all say something different, they say Mi Amigo, or BFF or Best Friends for Life," said Natalie.

Drew's necklaces are now being worn around the country, and the world.

"We had an order to Japan this morning, New Zealand, and just all over the United States."

Drew is loving the response.

"He's going crazy, he's like, 'is this about me?' I say it's about you and every other kid who wanted to make a friend," said Natalie. "I just want autism to be known for what it is, these children want to be accepted."

Drew is finding that acceptance from friends from all over the world.

"People are sweet, kind and I just love them," he said.

The necklaces mean something special.

"They just mean that every child deserves to be accepted and loved and feel like they have a friend, and that's what they are about," said Natalie.

For more on Drew's necklaces, go to the Drew Elliott and Friends Facebook page.

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