As a local young man celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday, he continued to be considerate of others and decided to donate more money to the American Red Cross.
Jimmy Clark decided to continue his streak of donations to the American Red Cross as part of his birthday celebration. Clark has been donating to the Red Cross since he was 12-years-old, when he brought $8 to the local branch. He has continually donated every year, even multiple times a year, to continue funding clean water for poor countries. This culminated in his largest donation to the organization on Thursday when he delivered $100 to the Red Cross office at the Washington Fire Department to celebrate his 18th birthday.
“I know that Jimmy has been doing this since before I came on board here in Fayette County,” Mary McCord, disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross, said Thursday following the donation. “He donates more than once a year. He saves in his piggy bank and researches where he wants this money to go. He really thinks it through and it is so fun to have somebody who is constantly thinking about and caring for other people. It really supports our mission. Thank you Jimmy for everything you do and for all of these years. This is my favorite trip to make, to come meet with Jimmy.”
According to Jimmy, he has donated to many countries including multiple times to African countries, the Philippines, Lebanon and more. Not only has Jimmy supported the Red Cross, he has also donated to the United Way of Fayette County and saves up pennies all year long to do this. All of these donations have not gone unnoticed and last year Clark was named a “Hometown Hero,” an honor given to a resident who excels at giving back to the community and is known for a great attitude and love for the county. The last donation Clark made was in May, and it was then that he decided he wanted to donate $100 on his birthday.
“I am pretty excited to turn 18,” Clark said following the donation. “I donate money to help out the world. During these times, when the world is so bleak, and those poor children have nothing to look forward to, I enjoy sending them some clean water. It might give them something to look forward to. And it puts smiles on their faces, that is what the world needs. I want to thank Mary (McCord) and Rod (Cook) for their help.”
The Red Cross is also encouraging residents to take part in a smoke alarm installation and home safety visit going on in the county. For more information call 1-800-207-4509.
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