Through its new outreach program, Operation Kids Helping Kids, Clearwater's Guardian Angels Catholic School collected $5,050 for 8-year-old Gavin Lambert of New Port Richey.
The donation enabled Gavin, who has the neuro-muscular disease Friedreich's ataxia, to travel to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he, along with 11 other children, participated in a clinical trial and received a new treatment option.
Funds were raised through a school "dress-down" day and a golf scramble at Wentworth Country Club, to which Gavin and his family were invited.
Now home from Philadelphia, Gavin is continuing treatment under the care of his pediatrician.
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On Nov. 18, East Lake High senior Kameron Madley officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable for Boy Scouts.
Kameron, a member of Troop 422, started in Scouting eight years ago as a Cub Scout with Pack 422. Both meet at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin.
For his Eagle Scout project, Kameron created a garden at Our Lady of Lourdes School in memory of his former eighth-grade teacher, Charlotte Huff, who died of brain cancer. Donations of $1,700 provided for the purchase of flowers, plants, benches, a vine trellis and a memorial plaque for Huff. Lowe's Clearwater also provided donations of plants and materials.
Assisting with the two-day project were adult leaders and 35 Scouts, including four Eagle Scouts from Troop 422.
Kameron, an honor roll student, is involved in TV production for the East Lake Eagle, where he is an editor, producer and newscaster. He was recently accepted into Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to major in communications.
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For 11 years, the children of Mary Noyes have honored their mother's memory by providing needy families with food for Thanksgiving dinner, including the turkey.
Noyes, mother of 11 and grandmother of 31, taught music at Clearwater's St. Cecelia School for 26 years before her death in 2003 at age 75. That same year her family began "Operation Stone Soup" in her memory, feeding 75 families. Each year another family is added to commemorate Noyes' Nov. 27 birthday.
Last weekend the Noyes children and grandchildren bagged 64 pounds of stuffing, 50 pounds of au gratin potatoes, 90 pounds of corn muffin mix, 149 pounds of cranberry sauce, 231 pounds of green beans, 162 pounds of corn, 159 pounds of fruit cocktail, 308 pounds of yams, 14 gallons of gravy and more than 1,400 pounds of turkey.
On Monday, 85 families stopped by the Clearwater law offices of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes to pick up their grocery bag full of fixings for Thanksgiving dinner.
Matthew Noyes, one of Mary Noyes' 11 children, explained the effort: "Our goal is to be an example to other families of how they can help others in need — just like our mom taught us."
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On Nov. 22, state Sen. Jack Latvala partnered with Farm Share to distribute free fresh Florida produce to the public at the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center in Clearwater, the High Point Neighborhood Family Center just outside Largo and the Citizens Alliance for Progress in Tarpon Springs.
Latvala has worked with Farm Share, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the distribution of nutritious foods to those in need, for 11 years.
According to Farm Share's website, the organization provides more than 23 million pounds of nutritious food to more than 1 million low-income households across Florida. Every $10 donated provides 11.5 pounds of nutritious food to help feed the hungry.
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