First-grader raises more than $2,000 for charity

Madelyn Snare with some of the money she raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Marketing/communications manager,
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA

Madelyn Snare, 7, of York, a student at Stony Brook Elementary School, raised more than $2,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Hershey.

Her fundraising idea came about as she heard someone speak about Ronald McDonald House and decided she wanted to help raise funds so parents could stay near their kids when they were sick.

The first-grader was presented with a certificate of appreciation on June 12 at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.

“All of her teachers and principals have contributed as well as many of her classmates,” Madelyn’s mom said. “I nearly get choked up each time she hands me an envelope with a child’s writing on it and we find three pennies inside or a dime and a penny or a pile of change, etc. One boy gave her 2 dollar bills. Melts my heart. Because I posted what she is doing on Facebook, she has since received notes/cards and donations from as far as Texas and California! More than 60 people have responded to this!”

Madelyn’s mom continued, “She sold her old bike via a Craig’s list ad for $12.13. My first thought was that it would be good to put toward the purchase of her new, larger bike, but decided that with all she’s been doing, she should just get to keep the $12.13 … the first thing she said when she found out someone wanted to buy it was, ‘Now I have $12.13 more to put in my Ronald McDonald House jar’.”

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