Many area children in the foster care system are benefiting from the charitable efforts of two young Granville boys this holiday season.
Granville’s Caden Bertke, a fourth-grader at Granville Intermediate School, and his friend, Brogan Burgett, a GIS fifth-grader, recently collected four-dozen teddy bears for a local foster care group.
Caden learned about the need for the teddy bears while attending a recent Granville Kiwanis meeting where his brother, Maddox, was being presented an Amtryke.
During the meeting, the topic of collecting the bears for a foster care organization’s needs came up and caught Caden’s attention.
“I just heard they needed bears and was thinking, ‘Ok, I think I can do that,’” Caden said. “And I knew it would make the kids happy as a thing to have with them while they were waiting to get adopted. Something that couldn’t be taken away…. Something they might keep their whole life.”
The Kiwanis members were originally thinking about five or ten bears, Caden’s mother, Wendy, said.
“We figured we could get five or ten,” Caden said.
He said his friend Brogan, “went to football game and had football squares, and people bought them for two dollars and he’d give them a square, and whoever won would get $50. He had $100 dollars left, and we used it to buy bears.”
Wendy chimed in: “Bear in mind, it was OSU-Michigan weekend.”
But the boys’ efforts didn’t stop there.
They made signs and left them at homes asking for new donated bears.
Caden said they put a bucket on their porch for bears to be deposited inside.
Between late November and Dec. 10, the effort continued until they succeeded in collecting not five, not ten, but 48 teddy bears.
The boys and their mothers went to Walgreens, where they said they found the best prices on stuffed bears. “They were big and they were nice,” Wendy said. “They never expected to get this many.”
Asked if he’d tackle a similar effort again, Caden said he’d be game for it.
Jennifer Lewis of the Granville Kiwanis said, “I love that a fourth-grader was inspired at a Kiwanis meeting. He did this project entirely on his own. It tied together Kiwanis and the Amtryke program… It just warms your heart.”
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