Deerfield Boy Donates Stuffed Animals to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare

Teddy Bear Donation
Jesse Richard and his mother, Jeanne, sit with a few of the stuffed animals Jesse donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.
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Caitlin McCann
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Release Date: 
Jul 16, 2014

In June 2014, 10-year-old Jesse Richard from Deerfield, New York, donated a collection of more than 60 new stuffed animals to the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH).

The Richard Family had a house fire in January 2013, during which Jesse helped to save his family’s house. Following the fire Jesse received the Red Cross Good Samaritan award given to those who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Because of this recognition, many family, friends and coworkers learned about Jesse and his story, and wanted to help replace his stuffed animals that were damaged in the fire.

“We received such an outpouring of generosity and support that we wanted to ‘pay it forward,’" said Jeanne, Jesse’s mother. “We thought it would be special to donate the stuffed animals to children in need at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare to try to help them feel better and happier while in the hospital. Jesse was born at Faxton St. Luke's, so we have a special connection to the hospital. We hope to be able to continue to help sick children and donate more stuffed animals in the future.”

Jesse’s gifts will be distributed to children staying in the Pediatrics Department at FSLH. For more information about CMN, contact Andrea MacDiarmid at (315) 624-5454 or visit