Viral ‘Buddy the Elf’ pillow-fighting firefighter raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital

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  • Published: 12/20/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: You can find a lot of things at Faneuil Hall. From Keytar Bear to Ned Devine’s and even John Legend. The past few years, you may have even caught Buddy the Elf. And while the notable Christmas character is known for spinning around turnstiles and eating already chewed gum off railings in New York City, this Boston-based Christmas elf has one goal in mind: pillow fights. Meet Brendan Sullivan, a local firefighter spreading Christmas joy one pillow fight at a time. Sullivan started his impromptu pillow fight videos in 2018. Since then, his videos around Boston — and even an episode in New York City — have gone viral. His video from 2018 has almost one billion views, according to Sullivan. “I’d be walking down the street — of course I’m dressed as Buddy the Elf mind you — and people recognize us,” Sullivan said. “They said ‘oh my god, you’re the firefighter. Oh my God. You’re the Boston pillow fighting elf.'”


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