BLACKFOOT – Aydyn, a local teen attending Snake River Junior High School, has raised $ 700 to help families with children battling childhood leukemia.
Aydyn was inspired by an initiative recently started by Jen Pugmire, manager of the ED / ICU at Bingham Healthcare. Pugmire has appealed to people to submit “soda tabs,” which in turn could contribute financially to families with children diagnosed with leukemia.
The Ronald McDonald House takes cans from cans to recycling plants and the money they get back makes tens of thousands of dollars.
After seeing the pop tabs collected at Bingham Healthcare, Aydyn took it upon herself to start a fundraising campaign at Snake River Junior High.
“When I heard what was happening in Bingham, I immediately knew I wanted to help in any way I could,” Aydyn said. So I told everyone at my school that I wanted to raise money for children with leukemia, and I couldn’t believe the response. I personally want to thank the entire administration at Snake River Junior High and fellow classmates from my school. Without them I would not have been able to collect money. “
“I am very touched by this young lady’s generosity and efforts to help strangers,” said Pugmire. “I thought it was important to share this great story, especially about the selflessness of a local teenager.”
If you are interested in how you can help, just keep the soda / energy drink / beer cans or other aluminum cans tabs. You can then hand them in at Jen Pugmire’s front desk in the emergency department of Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.