By Lindsay Carey
Konner Beaudoin, 7, has developed his own desire to give back, after watching his mother engage in charitable work.
“He’s been bugging me for probably six months to do something for the sick kids in the hospital,” said Kimberly Beaudoin, Mrs. Connecticut 2014. “I don’t know where he came up with it.”
Konner Beaudoin’s philanthropic efforts began with two-year-old “Super Hero Ethan,” a young Connecticut boy who is battling brain cancer. The Beaudoins contacted the family and set up a fundraiser and Konner bought Ethan some toys.
“But it still wasn’t enough,” said Kimberly. “He still wanted to do a toy drive for kids in the hospital.”
Recently, Konner became ill himself for a short period of time. His doctor sent him to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, because he was experiencing a fever and severe headaches.
“The nurses were all really friendly,” said Kimberly. “They were all great at the hospital.”
While Konner was being treated a nurse came in to offer him some toys and mentioned that it was all they had left. The supply was running low since donations typically given during the holiday season.
The seven-year-old didn’t take the toys, instead he left them for others and felt even more strongly about doing a toy drive.
“I want to help sick kids,” said Konner.
Once he returned home to continue recovering, his mom, who has participated in raising money for organizations like Relay for Life, March for Babies and Make a Wish, began organizing the toy drive.
During the opening ceremonies for Southington Valley Midget Football at Southington Recreation Park on Sept. 6, Konner will be at a table collecting new and unwrapped toys.
In the meantime, Kimberly said that she is willing to drive to people’s homes to pick up toys. The family has already received some toys, even though they announced the toy drive less than a week ago.
“It’s been pretty amazing how much people will support you,” said Kimberly.
The mother and son duo is planning to bring the toys to the hospital in mid September.
Suggestions for toys are stuffed animals, handheld games, matchbox cars, arts and crafts items, journals, video games, DVDs, action figures, puzzles, and infant items like pacifiers, teethers, sippy cups and plush toys.
Anyone that wants to help can contact Kimberly Beaudoin at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to her on Facebook at Mrs. Connecticut 2014 USA Kimberly Beaudoin.
By Lindsay Carey