December 17, 2014

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Boys, 9, 6 and 4, give savings to the Red Cross

ELYRIA — The lesson about helping fellow human beings in need that Kara Gill was teaching her sons will outlast the $106 they raised for superstorm Sandy’s victims.

From left, brothers Nathan Gill, 6, Caleb Gill, 4, and Collin Gill, 9, of North Ridgeville, count the change they collected for superstorm Sandy victims at the American Red Cross in Elyria on Tuesday. Behind them is Rita Campbell, executive director of the American Red Cross. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

Prompted by television images of victims without electricity and heat, Collin Gill, 9, and Nathan Gill, 6, asked their mother how they could help. Kara Gill suggested donating money to the American Red Cross relief efforts. So the boys, along with their 4-year-old brother Caleb, emptied their piggy bank filled with coins and solicited change from friends and relatives.

On Tuesday, the Gills of North Ridgeville dropped the money off at the Lorain County Red Cross chapter at 2929 West River Road N. Kara Gill said the donation is part of an ongoing effort to instill charitable instincts in the boys. She said they will donate to food drives at North Ridgeville Schools and the boys, who are 4-H Club members, also will take part in that group’s charitable endeavors.

“We think it’s very important for them to understand that there are people who need help, and if you can help, you should,” Kara Gill said.

Rita Campbell, chapter executive director, said the donation symbolizes how every penny counts. Campbell said contributions from Lorain County residents for local victims who lost electricity were generous. At least 22,000 Lorain County residents lost power. Campbell noted that the Red Cross is a nonprofit group that doesn’t receive taxpayer money.

“It’s a tremendous help to the folks who don’t have any home to go back to,” she said.

Campbell said donors are given a choice of where their money is spent. The boys asked that their donation go to victims in the Northeast where hundreds of thousands remained without electricity Tuesday.

“Those people that don’t have anything, maybe not even have two pennies to rub together themselves, are really going to appreciate your heart and your spirit,” Campbell told the boys. “It’s a virtue, a character trait that we all admire.”

Storm relief

  • Anyone wishing to donate locally to the American Red Cross relief efforts for superstorm Sandy can send checks to: American Red Cross, 2929 West River Road N., Elyria, OH 44035.
  • Nationally, send checks to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243 Washington, DC, 20013.
  • Online donations can be made at redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.