With the help of her schoolmates, a 9-year-old Madera girl raised hundreds of dollars in change for Children’s Hospital Central California as part of a radiothon hosted by a Fresno country station.
Every year Sian Smith looks forward to the airwave fundraiser as she gathers her spare coins in a change bandit bag the station gives out to participants, but this time she decided to take it up a notch by involving her whole school. The 93.7 Kiss Country for Kids Radiothon and Change Bandit Program, since its beginning in 1999, has raised more than $4 million for the local hospital, which serves about 200,000 patients every year in the surrounding 10-county area, according to the station’s website.
This year Smith and many students at her school, Nishimoto Elementary, can say they played a role in making a difference in the lives of other children as they filled Ziploc bag after Ziploc bag in their classrooms, trying to be the class with the most change collected.
“It’s great knowing that we have students on campus with such big hearts for kids, who they possibly don’t even know, and who are facing some pretty serious diseases and situations; just to be able to do this so that our children’s hospital has some funds to help out families, to help with research or to help out in any which way that they possibly can and make their stay there a little more comfortable,” said Nishimoto principal Isabel Guzman...