Abigail, you rock!

  • Sep. 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Ellen Cranston, Hospital Day Committee Chair–A couple of weeks ago, I was handed a plastic bag filled with change and a little note that said”Donated to Hospital by Abigail Samus”. After a few questions around the hospital, I found out that Abigail Samus is the 9 year old granddaughter of Ron and Peg Waldron from Sandspit. Young Abigail was visiting her grandparents for six weeks over the summer and while she was here, she decided to try out being a businesswoman. Abigail coerced Grandpa Ron to recycle a castle that was used on a Hospital Day float a few years back. Together, they rebuilt it and turned it into a lemonade stand. Every day Abigail was out there selling her lemonade. Usually she had a buddy or two to help out for a few hours and at the end of the day, Grandma Peg would divide up the profits and each worker would get their fair share. Part of the lemonade stand included a very large shaped pig with a note attached promising to donate all the tips in the Piggy Bank to Hospital Day and the SPCA. By the end of the season, Abigail had managed to earn herself a healthy $400 and Hospital Day received half of the tips which totaled a whopping $64.93. Not only did Abigail share money with the hospital, she also took some time out to come and visit the Clients in the Long Term Care side of QCI General Hospital. The clients really enjoyed Abigail’s visits and take pride in the hand made cards that she made for each client.Abigail Samus could teach us all a thing or two about philanthropy! Thank you Abigail! You rock!Just in case you are so inclined, the Hospital Day Foundation accepts donations all year round and there is volunteer program at the hospital for students looking to collect volunteer hours. Please call Ellen at 559-4301 for more information.