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A big-hearted gift from a little girl

April 01, 2015

Six-year-old Avery Baldosser’s piggy bank isn’t your average pink pig.

Whenever Avery gets money—from a birthday, completing chores, or from grandma—she tucks it away in her blue bank, which has compartments for spending, saving, investing, and donating. After counting the coins in the “donate” section of her piggy bank every three months, Avery chooses a cause to support.

The first time she counted her coins, Avery gave to the Humane Society as the Baldosser family had recently lost their Labradors. While that donation was a family idea, Avery’s wish to help someone in need of health care was all her own.

“Avery came home one day and burst through the door saying, ‘Momma, I want to help somebody at your hospital who needs health care!’” recalls Avery’s mother, Tricia Baldosser, who works at Greene Memorial Hospital.

After meeting with the Greene Medical Foundation, Avery decided that her gift should go toward a Magic Hands heat-sensitive wall board, which shows colorful handprints when kids touch the surface. Children who go to the Greene Memorial Emergency Department will now have a fun and engaging activity during a time when they may be waiting, scared and uncertain.

Avery’s gift goes to the heart of health care by caring for people’s emotional well-being, and demonstrates her capacity for compassion—which just might be bigger than she is.