Conner McClure and Grant Holdren are big Ohio State football fans, as are their families. That fandom recently gave rise to a unique opportunity to help out people thousands of miles away.
Conner McClure and Grant Holdren are big Ohio State football fans, as are their families.
That fandom recently gave rise to a unique opportunity to help out people thousands of miles away.
When the McClure and Holdren families attended the Buckeyes' game against the Indiana Hoosiers on Nov. 23, they made 100 Ohio State necklaces out of buckeyes and beads to take with them and pass out to fellow fans while tailgating.
Their original plan was to give the necklaces away, but other fans wanted to pay McClure and Holdren for them and started handing the boys money. Eventually they collected $331, but they didn't know what to do with the money.
"My grandfather suggested we donate the money to our church for use in Haiti," McClure said.
The church, Holy Cross Lutheran in North Canton, helps out with donations to the impoverished country, which is still recovering from a 2010 earthquake that devastated many cities and towns.
Together with the church, the boys decided to use the money they raised to sponsor a Haitian student in school.
"The money will be used for the child's education, lunches, books, uniform, shoes and tuition," McClure said.
Because those items totaled only $250, the remaining money will be donated to a Haitian orphanage to buy vitamins and supplies.
For the Holdren and McClure, it was a rewarding experience to help someone in need.
"I feel proud of myself for doing something like this," Holdren said. "It was a nice thing to do to help someone else out."
McClure noted that it was good to know that he and Holdren were able to help a child in need go to school and have all of the necessary supplies to get an education.
Green Intermediate School Principal Mark Booth applauded McClure and Holdren for their efforts and noted that the two boys had followed the school's motto of, "One Team, One Family, One Goal," with their donation. Both boys kept a necklace as a souvenir to remind them of their experience.