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Youngster’s $700 gift to nursing home

A charitable 15-year-old has raised more than $700 for a nursing home.

Aspiro Cannonier, of Sandys, generated the cash for Packwood Nursing Home in Somerset through house sales and selling baked goods with the help of her mother Queena.

It is Aspiro's second major fundraiser after she collected $1,000 for Sandys Secondary School two years ago.

She says that since the age of seven all she has wanted to do is help people in need and founded her own organisation, Sanctuary of God's Love, to do just that.

“My mom and I were sitting in our conjoined kitchen and living room in a previous home. She had asked me what I wanted to do when I was older and, after thinking long and hard, I decided I wanted to give to the poor and the needy,” she said.

“Whether it be money or possessions, whatever they needed I wanted to aid in providing. There was one problem though: I didn't have a name.

“Upon voicing my thoughts, my mom told me to pray to God, telling me God will give me the answer. So I sat there at the kitchen table asking God what He wanted me to name my organisation.”

Aspiro said she received an answer almost immediately and decided to name it Sanctuary of God's Love.

“Soon after naming the organisation, I started to give to the poor and needy: starting with giving groceries to families, donating new and used books to the adult and youth library, and possessions to the Teen Services Association.”

After hearing that Sandys Secondary needed money, Aspiro and her mother made baked goods to sell, raising $1,000.

“The school was very grateful,” added Aspiro.

“And now I've accumulated over $700 to give to a wonderful organisation called Packwood Home. I saved up and had a few house sales, selling clothes and other things to raise the money. My mom helped and even baked and sold some of her goods.”

The homeschooled student decided that the money — $777.70 in total — would be donated to Packwood because she heard that they were in need of the money and she generally enjoys giving to the elderly.

Karen Mitchell, administrator at the Packwood Nursing Home, said: “We are really grateful for the donation made by Aspiro. The money will be used to buy things for the seniors we currently have in our care like nightclothes and toiletries. The highlight of this is that we love to see young people come to the home and show the seniors their appreciation. We always welcome them.”

Aspiro plans on continuing her organisation after she finishes school and wants to eventually become a lawyer or photographer.

Aspiro Cannonier, 15, donates $777 to Karen Mitchell, administrator of the Packwood Rest Home. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 25, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 25, 2015 at 9:10 am)

Youngster’s $700 gift to nursing home

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