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Just this past year a young Sioux Falls boy passed away from a deadly disease and now a couple of his classmates are doing something special to honor him, in the form of hair accessories.

Emma Houwman and Hayden Cotter aren't your average preteen girls.

At age 12, they've already started their own business.

“Hayden and Emma's headbands and bows,” said Emma Houwman.

However, unlike many businesses, theirs isn’t for profit.

“It started out with making bows for ourselves, and then we wanted to give back and do it for other people too,” explained Hayden Cotter.

Just this last year, Emma and Hayden's good friend and classmate, J.P. Peters, passed away from a rare autoimmune disorder.

“We'd be in the hallways and he would give me hugs and that would make me feel really happy. it was fun to see him in school, when he was there,” said Houwman.

In memory of their classmate, they decided to write a letter to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, asking if they could donate their fun accessories to the children staying there.

“We made a variety of different ones. We made hats for smaller children and we made bow ones,” said Houwman.

"They are very giving, very creative and any parent would be proud," said Emma’s father, Chris Houwman. 

 It took two weeks for the girls to make this first batch of bows and said they plan to continue to make more bows to donate to Sanford Children's Hospital.

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