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September 18, 2018

Generosity To Golisano Grows In Sandy Creek District


SANDY CREEK – Lynn Dumas, a third grade student at Sandy Creek Elementary was looking for a way to raise money, so she created what she called fidgets: flour filled balloons that students could squeeze to ease stress or anxiety and help them focus in the classroom.

Staff and student council at Sandy Creek Elementary were inspired to donate to Golisano Children’s Hospital after learning of Lynn Dumas’ generosity when she used the money she had raised to buy gifts for patients at the hospital. Following a presentation at the school (from left) are: Chris, Lynn and Dory Dumas, with William “Bill” Benedict, a teacher at the school who coordinated the donation for Lynn’s cause.

Staff and student council at Sandy Creek Elementary were inspired to donate to Golisano Children’s Hospital after learning of Lynn Dumas’ generosity when she used the money she had raised to buy gifts for patients at the hospital. Following a presentation at the school (from left) are: Chris, Lynn and Dory Dumas, with William “Bill” Benedict, a teacher at the school who coordinated the donation for Lynn’s cause.

She created the fidgets at home and sold them to her friends and classmates, earning about $20 for her efforts.

It’s what she did with the money that showed her true spirit of generosity: she went shopping and purchased toys, puzzle books and games which she donated to the children at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.

“I had my tonsils out there when I was three,” said eight-year-old Dumas, citing her connection to the children’s hospital as her reason for selecting it as her charitable cause.

To promote her “fidget” sales, Dumas made posters to advertise her product which she placed around the school.

One of her teachers, William Benedict, who teaches physical education in the district, learned of Dumas’ fidgets through her posters.

When he asked her about the project, she told him why she was trying to earn money.

After speaking with Dumas’ mother, Dory, Benedict was so moved by Lynn’s selfless act, he shared her story with fellow staff members and others at the school.

So inspired by her generosity, Benedict organized a collection from staff members and student council that amounted to $240 to support Dumas’ cause.

The Dumas family intends to contact the hospital to ask what types of gifts are most needed, but Lynn can hardly wait to shop for the children.

“The box we took before was pretty big,” she said. “I had to carry it a long way. I don’t know how big this one will be.”

The weight of the box will not deter her interminable spirit, if anything it will strengthen her giving heart and her willingness to help others.

“I’m so proud of her,” said her mother, a sentiment echoed by her father, both of whom were on hand for the presentation to Lynn at a morning meeting of all students at the school.

One Response “Generosity To Golisano Grows In Sandy Creek District”

  1. ariel
    December 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    That’s a really BIG check!

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