American youth helping young victims through volunteer work
During the summer, Matthew Trimmer, a Boy Scout with Troop 2 from Immanuel Union Church, Westerleigh approached our founder, Elissa Montanti, of Global Medical Relief Fund about doing a service project in order for him to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He was inspired to do so after his mother Susan, a teacher, was involved in a fundraiser for the charity at her school, P.S. 22. Elisa explained to Matthew that their house was bursting at the seams and needed storage space. Matt realized that building a storage shed would be the perfect project if he could come up with the necessary funds.
While discussing his idea with his neighbor Tim Sullivan, a member of North Central Kiwanis Club, Tim suggested, Matt speak to his club seeking their assistance. The club members forged together and raised $1,000 towards the project.
Kiwanis members, Frank and Marco Loffreno of Loffreno Landscape and Contracting offered their services laying a concrete slab as the foundation for the shed to lay on. Along with generous donations from Gil Ross of Ace Hardware on Forest Ave, Matt’s project was becoming a reality.
On Columbus Day, Matt with the assistance of 7 other scouts and Ahmed, one GMRF kids, set out to build the shed. By the end of the day, GMRF had a brand new shed sitting in their backyard freeing up much needed space!