The Nathan Littauer Hospital will soon have a new piece of medical equipment thanks to the fundraising efforts of Gloversville High School student Kristin Farley. The 11th grader organized a raffle that raised more than $2,000 and will be used to purchase a pediatric scale to help care for the youngest and smallest patients at the hospital.
After developing a project plan, Farley worked with the coordinator for the Nathan Littauer Hospital Foundation to obtain a New York State permit to hold a raffle. The fundraiser, based on the New York State Lottery’s daily numbers drawing, offered ticket buyers a chance to win various cash prizes.
Although she organized the raffle, state gaming laws prevented Farley from selling tickets herself because of her age.
“My family sold many of the tickets,” she said. “The hospital also sold tickets, and we had help from the Community Helper Store on Main Street.”
Farley said the most challenging part of the fundraiser for her was keeping track of the tickets and reconciling the daily numbers to determine winners. She was then responsible for providing the winners’ contact information to the hospital to distribute the prizes.
“Kristin volunteered many hours of her own time managing this community service project. We are so pleased to have her as a supporter,” said Geoffrey Peck, executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation. “She and her family did a remarkable job in making this project a success, and she deserves great praise for her initiative and community-minded spirit.”
This was not Farley’s first fundraiser for Nathan Littauer Hospital. Last year, she coordinated a spaghetti dinner that raised nearly $1,000 for the hospital’s Baby Box program. This program delivers essential childcare education to parents of newborns and provides a box full of baby supplies, including diapers, bibs, books and more. The box, which also contains a small mattress and bedding, serves as a safe sleep environment for babies up to eight months.
Next up: Farley is looking forward to working with her church to help provide gifts to families and individuals in need this holiday season.
“I feel like I have so much, so I like to give back and help other people,” she said.