Young carolers in Hampton raise $1,256 for Children's Hospital
As a way to give back this holiday season, a group of caroling children in Hampton brought in more than $1,000 to benefit patients at Children's Hospital last weekend.
More than 15 young carolers accompanied by a few trumpets, saxophones and trombones, paraded through the streets of the Glades Plan in Hampton Township on Dec. 10 in a unique way to raise money for those in need.
Their caroling raised $1,256 to donate to Children's Hospital, according to one of the organizers and parent Stacey Kaforey of Hampton.
“I loved it and it was a good feeling to collect for those in need. I hope they get better,” said one of the carolers, Jimmy Kreshon, 10, a fourth-grader at Central Elementary.
Sixth- and seventh-graders volunteered to play their instruments as they walked around, preceding the event by memorizing some favorite holiday tunes, like “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” said Kaforey. They were accompanied by singers in fourth, third and first grade, as well as a local preschooler.
Most of the children were from the Hampton Township School District, and some got their instrumental chops from the Hampton Middle School Band.
“The instruments really brought it together,” she said.
Kaforey and another organizer, Rose Kreshon, both of the Glades Plan, first sent a flyer to residents in their area that they were planning the caroling fundraising event and to leave a porch light on if they wanted to participate.
Stacey said many homeowners welcomed the group, some providing treats and refreshments along the way.
“There were a lot of smiles on their faces. They said it brought back times when they were young,” said Kaforey, about those they visited.
Most importantly, the money raised will be tripled via the Give Hope program at Children's Hospital. Currently, all donations to the hospital are multiplied by three times, said Maura White, lead annual giving officer for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
“It's wonderful to hear about young kids caroling in the Hampton community to raise money for the patients here at Children's Hospital,” said White. “Donations throughout the year are always greatly appreciated, but are especially meaningful when they are given by children for children.”
There were a few other parents there to help carpool the kids for some long stretches of road, said Kaforey. Both her sons, Logan, sixth grade, and Caden, in fourth grade, participated.
“It is more important to give of your time this Christmas season and show the kids that are sick that you care,” said Logan, 11.
Give Hope is until Dec. 31, according to the Children's Hospital Foundation website.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.