A giving boy
A few years ago, a picture and a brief article in The Valley News told us about a young man named Michael Doney, who decided that on his birthday he wanted to give presents rather than receive them.
He wanted to make his birthday special for others.
We were so impressed that someone so young would think of others rather himself on his day of celebration. Subsequently, we interviewed Mikey, his dad Michael, his mother Renee and his brother Walker (when we could slow him down) for an article in The Valley News to tell others about this amazing youngster.
Mikey recently celebrated his 9th birthday, deciding that this year he would make a donation to the Golisano Hospital. Once again, we were moved and are writing again to tell of his generosity.
The list of items that Mikey brought to the hospital were as follows: 11 boxes of kids’ Band-Aids, three baby rattles, two baby teethers, five coloring books, six sets of crayons, two card games, four activity books, two puzzles, 13 $5 Tim Horton’s gift cards and $70 in cash that was turned into gift cards to be used at the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream shop at the children’s hospital.
The gift cards go to families to buy ice cream and coffee for parents.
Once again, we want to wish Mikey a very happy birthday and thank him for his unselfishness in thinking of others.
We should all take example of what it truly means to be giving.
Bob & Sandy Weston
Red Cross Month
It’s Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital.
They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
This year so far in Oswego County, the American Red Cross of CNY responded to 12 local emergencies, assisted 3 military families and trained 45 people in lifesaving skills.
Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
Danielle D. Hayden
Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross