Local Woman Spreads Christmas Cheer With Handmade Ornaments

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At 95 years old, Martha Pendarvis is still going strong. She moved to Tallahassee back in 1991, and three years ago settled into her home at Cherry Laurel.

Always a creative person, she spends much of her time making bird cages and Christmas ornaments, a hobby she says started many years back.

"There were two young men, about thirty something in this little shack, and they had four rooms of the most beautiful ornaments I've ever seen," said Pendarvis.

Now, more than a decade later, she's making all sorts, by hand. From Christmas trees to college mascots, she says each one takes around five hours to make, and that hard work has turned into a family business.

"My daughter in Charleston has a gift shop with three other girls, and they don't sell anything that's not handmade, and guess who does the hand-making!" she said.

After giving many as gifts, Pendarvis sells the rest for just seven dollars, but it's how she uses that money that's really making a difference for one local family.

"A mother and father and two children, she's bedridden and he's a carpenter. So I take the money that I sell them for and do Christmas for them. I bought them a washer and dryer one year, the next year the kids wanted bicycles," said Pendarvis.

What started as a hobby has now become a labor of love and a Christmas tradition through the years.

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