On Saturday, Oct.19, at Miori Martial Arts Studio in Cicero, two young girls were recognized for their generous actions by representatives from the Boston and the Springfield Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Natalie Raymond of Baldwinsville, 7, and Emily Blenn of Brewerton, 8, became recipients of Certificates of Recognition from members of the Shriners Hospitals Board of Governors. Each girl had collected and donated their presents from their birthday parties; bringing over three large boxes of donations to each hospital.
Shriners Children Hospitals offers treatment, at no cost, to the families of the patients in their care. Each hospital has a different specialty. Shriners Hospital Boston is a center for acute burn treatment and, Springfield is a center for pediatric orthopedics and prosthetics. The treatment the children receive can be lengthy; resulting in extended hospital stays that can mean spending their birthdays and holidays in care, away from family and friends.
“We at the Shriners Hospitals are very impressed with the actions of these young ladies,” said George Hotaling, Board of Governors member from Shriners of Boston. “Too often, attention is focused only on the bad things going on. It is so nice to get to bring attention to something good, like the kindness these girls are showing to other children. They helped create a lot of smiles.”
Natalie and Emily are friends in the same karate class at Miori Studio. When Natalie had her birthday this past January, she asked her mom about giving her presents to children who are in the hospital. Amanda Spach, Natalie’s mother stated,
“Natalie has been raised to think about others but, I was surprised at first when she wanted to donate her presents. It isn’t every kid who would be so willing to give all their birthday gifts away. I’m really proud of the kind and generous thing that she has done.”