In Wake of September 11, Local Youth Learn 
the Spirit of Giving

On Saturday, September 15, a group of area children raised over $6,000 for the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.  Here's how their efforts materialized.

On Saturday, the hastily assembled group of Greenwich children held stations on Field Point Road and Betteridge Jewelers on Greenwich Avenue, with an additional station at the Belle Haven Country Club on Sunday.

Selling red, white and blue cupcakes, brownies, cookies and lemonade, the children began collecting thousands from generous residents, all hoping to make a difference in the aftermath of the tragedies that so gravely affected the area.

As the weekend moved along, the group of youthful philanthropists expanded their merchandise to include red white and blue jewelry, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers, and home made bird houses, constructed and donated by area resident Mr. Ralph Infanti.

The efforts concluded with a stupendous addition of funds, as Issy Chammah, forsaking her birthday party, asked her parents to take whatever money they would have spent on her, and allocating it to the American Red Cross.  After her mother honored her daughter's wish, her father matched it.

All told, this fantastic group of community minded youngsters raised $6040.50 for the Red Cross efforts.  Quite a feat, indeed!

On Monday, September 17, the children came to the Chapter and got a tour of the facility, along with reports from Red Cross workers about what they've been doing and how their contribution will be used. Thanks kids!  What an effort!