Good Neighbors: Gifts from Grace

SOUTH BUFFALO, NY- This week's Good Neighbor is a 1st grader from South Buffalo whose simple idea is making a big difference for kids at Roswell Park.

Grace Mallaber, 7, and her friends at Notre Dame Academy have fun with crayons, markers, and paint everyday in class. But Grace knew all kids aren't that lucky and she went to her mom with an idea.

"We were on the way home from school one day and she said she'd like to do something to help sick people," said Peggy Mallaber, Grace's mom.

So with the help of Notre Dame Pricipal Mrs. Suminski, Grace asked the kids at school to pitch in and donate as many craft supplies as they could.

"Grace was not doing this for a grade. She was not doing this for school credit. Grace was doing this because she has a heart of gold," said Mrs. Suminski.

The response was overwhelming.

"When we received the donationS it was beyond our wildest imagination of how much stuff we would get. The boxes just kind of kept coming," said Robin Nusbaum, Carly's Club Manager at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The arts and crafts cabinet is now filled to the brim with coloring books, paint brushes, beads and more. We're told more boxes of supplies are in storage.

Nusbaum says this gives the young patients a break from their battles.

"It's certainly a disraction for them. It's definitely a method of coping. It's definitely a form of therapy," Nusbaum said.

For a little while, while they're being creative, the patients at Roswell can be just like all the other kids, which that is exactly what Grace wanted.

"It made me feel happy because I thought it would make the kids at the hospital feel happy," said Grace.

To nominate a "Good Neighbor" call 716-849-2216 or e-mail Melissa.Holmes@wgrz.com .


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