By Justin Udo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Some middle school students in Camden took part in a special project that gave them a chance to give back to their community.

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Sixth, seventh and eights graders at St. Anthony of Padua helped make heart-shaped pillows for Children at Cooper University Hospital on Thursday.

“I designed flowers and hearts ’cause I think the kids should be happy and not depressed when they’re in the hospital,” 7th grader Dorca Aragon tells KYW Newsradio.

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Dorca says it’s a good feeling to be able to help someone going through a tough time and she knows her pillow will find the perfect home:

“I hope the child feels very happy, surprised and very excited for the pillow.”

The students helped make more than 50 pillows for the kids at Cooper.

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Hospital representatives say giving the kids something soft to squeeze and hug really helps to take away some of their pain.