The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 66
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 66

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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+ 30 kids do chores for books KENNEWICK, Wash. - Illness claimed most of Maddy Earmow's eyesight — but caiing classmates are helping her read again. Though a benign tumor neai- her optic nei've was successfully removed, 9- year-old Maddy penmanently lost 90% of her vision. Fellow fom -th-gi -aders at Washington Elemen- tai-y wanted to help: 30 of them got friends and relatives to pledge donations for chores. Then, in a joint effort for Make A Difference Day and Pizza Hut 's BOOK IT! reading incentive progi'am, the kids raked, baked, cleaned, ran eiTands — and i-aised $1,100 to buy giant-piint and recorded books for the school librai-y. Maddy, who i-aised $90 herself, says she's "excited to get books I can read." $10,000 award from Neivman's Oiim benefits visually impaired students in the Kenneivick School District Free surgery restores sight to 8 people HATTIESBURG, Miss. — One man couldn't see to work, one woman couldn't see to shop, another couldn't find her fork on the table — until Make A Difference Day, when their lives were ti-ansformed by fi-ee cataract sui'gery. That day, the Southern Eye Center did $32,000 of surgery on eight patients, tough cases whose catai'acts had gone untreated for yeai-s because they couldn't afford it. Now Bertha Martinez, 77, can find her fork and even read: "I will never be able to repay their kindness." $10,000 axmrdfivm Neivman's Chun benefits United Way of Southeast Mississippi May help fight heart disease. (Now that's something to chew on.) A friendly reminder from tlie National Peanut Board" 1^ s< Heart for art's sake ~ Munrfe/e/n,///.—RyanFosnow,9, collected 1,429 art supply items to help 430 students. He drew support from newspaper readers including Joyce Wagstaff, a disabled woman who went on a "crazed"shopping trip for him. 9-year-old's collection inspires strangers MUNDELEIN, 111. — When Ryan Fosnow bought school supplies last fall, the subui -ban Chicago fourth-grader asked his mother: Can we get exti'as for my class? At Washington Elementai-y School, where a third of students come fi 'om low-income homes, Ryan saw classmates using ci-ayon stubs, or bashfully boiTOwing paper Instead of handing her son a $5 bill, Mary Fosnow gave Ryan acopyofUSA WEEKEND Magazine that invited people to help others on Make A Difference Day. Ryan typed a school supply donation list on tlie computer and solicited fiiends and relatives. Then, foui* days before Make A Difference Day, a Daily Hemid story mentioned Ryan 's project and gave his phone number and addi-ess. When Joyce Wagstaff, 65, saw the aiticle, "I just melted." Although emphysema keeps her constantly on oxygen, Wagstaff shopped, then di'ove to Ryan 's home. Mai*y Fosnow says, "It broke my heart — a complete stranger with an oxygen tank connected to her. She had gone by herself, di-agging this heavy thing, and bought two bags full. And I thought, 'This is what it 's aU about'" When another reader, Chuck Killian, di'opped off a load of school supplies, Ryan thought, 'That guy must be rich!'" Only later did the Fosnows leai -n that Killian, 43, has terminal cancer. By donatuig, Killian says, he 's living his belief— and, he hopes, reinforcing Ryan 's — "that doing good things for other people is a nice way to live." ca $10,000 award fivm Nemnan's Oimi benefits the Family Resource Center ofWashington Elementary School Points of Light can help you help others April 22-28 is National Volunteer Week, one of many progi-ams led by The Points of Light Foundation, the leading non-profit, non-pai-tisan organization suppoittng volunteers who help to solve serious social problems. The foundation and its network of 500 local volunteer centers ai-e vital partners in Make A Difference Day. "Use youi- gifts," urges Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the foundation. "Every person can forge meaningful connections in the lives of othere." To find a volunteer center neai- you, call 1-800-8658683 or visit 10 USA WEEKEND • April 20-22,2001

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