The lessons of a historical figure and the kindness of a 6-year-old have melded into an inspiring relief effort. Death and widespread destruction are …
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The lessons of a historical figure and the kindness of a
6-year-old have melded into an inspiring relief effort.
Death and widespread destruction are often hard for a young
child to comprehend, but there is little doubt that they understand
what needs to be done to help.
So when Madeline Greenberg, a first-grader at Lone Tree
Elementary School, saw news coverage of the aftermath left by a
7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on
Jan. 12, she wanted to do her part.
She focused, in particular, on a call to action from a
grey-haired man on television, who spoke during a newscast about
the need for donations. It was former President Bill Clinton, a
United Nations envoy to Haiti, describing the desperate situation
on the island nation.
“We don’t normally watch that kind of stuff with a 6-year-old,
but she’s old enough to understand that the kids there had nothing
to eat, no houses, and no toys,” said Michael Greenberg, Madeline’s
father. “That’s a 6-year-old’s view of it.”
Madeline had just lost her second tooth and devised a brilliant
plan to send the money she got from the tooth fairy to the kids in
Haiti. Last week, her teacher relayed lessons about taking
initiative and taught the students about Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Rosa Parks, two central figures in America’s civil rights
Ironically, Madeline’s grandparents, Ellie and Manny Greenberg,
played an instrumental role in bringing Martin Luther King, Jr. to
Littleton in 1964. As longtime community activists, the Greenberg’s
even created a scholarship at Arapahoe Community College in honor
of King’s legacy. Manny Greenberg died last August, and Michael
Greenberg delivered the keynote speech at an ACC remembrance
breakfast this week.
After some digging, Madeline came up with six cents on top of
the dollar in dimes she earned from the tooth fairy, but thought
she could do more.
She asked her parents if she had anymore money, and Michael
Greenberg mentioned the change in her piggy bank and money in her
college savings account. Madeline later decided that $20 would be a
good sum to add to her total, and sent $21.06 to the kids in Haiti.
After all, her parents thought, the money was being used to educate
the little girl. Madeline taped the change to a drawing of a
gingerbread house with a rainbow overhead.
“They looked [on the television news] like they were really poor
and lots of people died and I wanted to do that,” she said.
Madeline has made small donations during Sunday school, but it
seems the recent school lessons about community involvement and
goodwill have truly rubbed off. Her father was especially delighted
that his daughter, of her own volition, wanted to step forward and
do her part.
“She’s a very kind little girl,” he said. “Every step of the
way, I was very proud.”
Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch is helping with
earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Donations given to the Cherry
Hills disaster relief fund will be given to World Vision and Global
Vision Citadel Ministries, which is supplying emergency survival
kits including food, water, blankets and tents to thousands of
people who were left homeless. Visit www.chcc.org for more information.
Pegasus Restaurant, 313 Jerry Street in Castle Rock, is a
collection point for the American Red Cross. Clothing donations are
being accepted for the Haiti disaster.
for more information about local groups that are donating or
coordinating relief efforts.
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