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COVID-19 galvanized many volunteers and donors in our community, and masks were made by the thousands. But, when 5th-grader Andrew Dix asked his mom to help him make some, she said they didn’t have all the supplies and stores were already closed.
However, that didn’t dampen Andrew’s desire to give. That evening, he presented his parents with a plan to have a bake sale so he could donate money instead! Andrew figured out who his customers would be and sent them an online form to complete if they wanted to place an order. He offered his specialties: two sizes of white or wheat loaf bread, banana or apple bread, and chocolate chip cookies by the dozen. Within minutes, he had numerous orders and spent 19 hours baking and packaging!
Andrew earned $270 from his bake sale and shared his earnings last month with Mercy for our COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund. When he arrived at the hospital to deliver his check, he was greeted at the door, screened and masked, then introduced to Mercy President & CEO, Tim Charles; Vice President of Mission Integration, Sister Susan O’Connor; and Foundation President, Lorrie Erusha. He also received a certificate and had his photo taken with it and his donation check in front of a painting of Sister Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Clearly, Andrew is a thoughtful young man, a hard worker and a philanthropist! Thank you, Andrew, for thinking of our caregivers and giving your time and earnings to those in need!