Tuesday, September 06, 2005


We have shown our oldest a lot of footage from New Orleans, and talked about it with him a few times. We especially drove home the point that many of these people had lost everythnig they owned.

On Shabbos, at lunch, he announced that he was going to raise money for the people who were victims of the hurricane, by going door to door and collecting cans and bottles over Labor Day vacation. Then he would turn in the cans, and send the money to Katrina victims. (In Michigan we get 10 cents for every bottle)

At times alone, and at times with a friend or his brother, he went knocking on our street, and a few of the surrounding streets, asking people for their bottles and cans. By Monday night, he had collected over 800 cans and $10 in cash, raising over $90.

What is most impressive is that he did it during his own time, when he could have been sitting around, playing ball, reading or doing any one of a number of things. He came up with the idea on his own, after reading a book where some kids collected bottles to save a dog.

I am not sure if he has decided which charity to give the money to, but I think he wants to give it to the Jewish community of New Orleans.


Blogger Krunk said...

OK,I like your kid!

September 06, 2005 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk to your brother. He knows a family from New Orleans that could use some help.

September 06, 2005 12:00 PM  
Blogger AuntieLeez said...

wow - I am a lucky aunt to have such a special nephew....you and Mrs. Air should be so proud

September 06, 2005 12:27 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

That's amazing. What about making it a class or school project? That's just great.

September 06, 2005 1:18 PM  
Blogger ~*Jenni*~ said...

What a sweet boy you have!

September 06, 2005 2:30 PM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

Good kid Air!

September 06, 2005 5:20 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

BTW, our boy is the one on the left in the GAP shirt. The other boy is a 6th Grader at the Yeshiva Ketana-type school in our area. They are good friends, and it's nice to see them do other things besides play ball.

September 06, 2005 7:58 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Veev,YBY or DT?I always thought he went to your sons school.....I guess I was wrong.

September 06, 2005 10:32 PM  
Blogger stillruleall said...

thats my nephew!! Interesting V, how you would describe him as the one in the GAP shirt. I think Air would say he was the kid in the Tigers hat.

September 07, 2005 6:41 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

It's funny you should say that! When Air sent this picture to the Jewish News, he said his boy is the one with the GAP shirt. I actually purchased both items, so I'm partial to neither.

September 07, 2005 9:49 AM  
Blogger Rolling hills of green said...

Way to go!!

September 07, 2005 10:56 AM  
Blogger MC Aryeh said...

kol hakavod!

September 07, 2005 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Keglavithcher Rav said...

Give to Lubavitch

September 08, 2005 11:19 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

You've got a special kid, there.

September 08, 2005 2:13 PM  
Blogger iSrAeLiWannab said...

how much did he raise?

September 08, 2005 7:09 PM  
Blogger DonutsMom said...

That's pretty cool. We are saving all our cans and bottles for him! Way to go!

September 08, 2005 11:47 PM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

nice JN article

September 09, 2005 2:12 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

So far, over $100, but he's going again tomorrow to collect...If you live in the area, feel free to call us and we'll come pick up, or you can drop of whatever you have on our front porch.

September 11, 2005 12:39 AM  
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