Doddridge Co. Boy Nationally Honored for His Community Service
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 07, 2013 @ 7:48AM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 6:41PM
Most kids dream of parties and presents for their 7th birthday parties but not Julian Harrington.
"I gave my birthday money to Haiti after the earthquake," said the 12-year-old middle school student.
He hasn't stopped donating since.
"I donated 80 lap blankets to the senior citizens in my town and I raised $1,000 for Japan, I raised $500 for two food pantries here in West Union and Salem, I raised $1,600 for two fire victims," he said.
Now, just after his 12th birthday, Julian is being nationally recognized for his service work. He was selected as one of the two Mountain State students named top student volunteers of 2013 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
"For this award you have to have some volunteer service, where you are doing something in the community and recorded some hours of service, at least 1,000 hours of volunteer service," described Doddridge County Middle School Counselor Wanetta Conner who encouraged Julian to apply for this.
Julian and his mom will travel to Washington, DC in May where he will be up against the other student volunteers to receive the top national prizes.
"I'm very proud of Julian. Ever since he was a baby he always has wanted to help others and he just has a big goal," said his mom, Julie Roberts.
Julian's goal wasn't to be recognized for his community service but to help as many people as possible. His family said they think he'll be doing so for many years to come.
"He's just proud of what he does and he's going to continue. It doesn't matter if he gets rewarded or not," said his grandmother Rita Costilow.
"I think he'll keep keeping on because I think he's that type of a child," said his step-grandmother Mildred Costilow.
"No matter where we live or what country we live in, we're all God's children and we should help one other," said Julian.
Julian's next community service project is raising money for the Saint Jude's Children's Hospital. He will be at Salem International University Athletic Events this Saturday collecting donations for this. If you can't attend but would like to help him in his quest, you can call the middle school at 304-873-2390 to donate.
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