Kimbolton Child Donates to Southeastern Med for 5th Consecutive Year
Written by: Kelli Koch
PHOTO CAPTION: Calvin Ringer and his sister, Kaylee, present their contribution to the pediatric unit at Southeaster Med to Ray Chorey, President & CEO of Southeastern Med. This is the fifth consecutive year Calvin has earned money for this specific
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Dec. 14, 2010 - It’s often said that during the holiday season it’s better to give than to receive; however it’s not often to see that mind-set in action, especially by a child.
For the fifth consecutive year, Calvin Ringer, a 10-year-old from Kimbolton, with the help from his parents, Matt and Cathy, and sister, Kaylee, has donated his hard earned money to Southeastern Med’s Family of Friends Foundation with the explicit intention that items are bought for the Pediatric Unit. This year, Calvin proudly donated $1,000. In addition to his donation, Colgate-Palmolive Co., in Cambridge, where Calvin’s dad works, will match the donation.
When Calvin was a toddler, he spent time as a patient in the hospital, and during one of his stays, he received a teddy bear from the hospital staff to help calm his fears. This simple act of comfort made a huge impact on Calvin, and in 2006, he began making and selling Christmas ornaments to donate the proceeds to help children feel as special as he did when he received the teddy bear.
Last year, Calvin began selling hanging flower baskets during Mother’s Day weekend at Medi-Wise Pharmacy in Newcomerstown and decided to also sell them again this year. “The first year I sold 110 baskets in three hours,” Calvin said. “This year I sold more than 150 flower baskets. Thank you to Medi-Wise for allowing me to sell the baskets again in the parking lot.”
Throughout the years, Calvin’s donations have significantly increased. In 2006, Calvin earned and donated $87.50. In 2007, his donation increased to $100 and in 2008 he presented a donation of $680. Last year, Calvin donated $900 that Colgate-Palmolive Co., also generously matched.
“Help truly does come in all sizes,” said Ray Chorey, President & CEO of Southeastern Med. “Since 2006, Calvin has kept the pediatric patients at Southeastern Med on his Christmas list. Through his efforts, Calvin is responsible for donations totaling $2,767.50 that have been used to purchase personal DVD players and DVDs for use by our younger patients. Calvin, now with the help of his younger sister, is well on his way to paying forward. We are blessed that Calvin remembers the hospital each year at this time.”
If you, your family, classroom, organization or business would like to make a contribution or match Calvin’s hard-earned donation to benefit Southeastern Med’s patients, please call Debbie Stillion at 740-439-8106. Donations of any monetary amount are accepted year round, and donors can request their contribution be spent on a specific department or service. Calvin Ringer is still the youngest member of the Family of Friends Foundation.