Pasadena Siblings Raise Nearly $2,000 for Children in Need

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in News | 1 comment

In lieu of birthday presents, this pint-sized pair asked party guests to donate to Hathaway-Sycamores

While most kids eagerly await their birthdays and the bounty of bow-topped presents that come their way, two Pasadena kids recently requested that the guests at their joint birthday celebration skip the gifts and instead make a donation to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.

Hathaway-Sycamores’ Executive Vice President of Development Rob Myers visited the Pasadena home of Cayla and Cameron McFarlane to thank the siblings.

The pint-sized philanthropists are a brother-and-sister pair—Cayla and Cameron McFarlane.  The siblings—10-year-old Cayla who attends Pasadena Polytechnic School, and 11-year-old Cameron who’s a student at Mayfield Junior School—decided to hold a joint birthday party. Some 80 kids from surrounding schools—including High Point Elementary, Holy Family, Odyssey Charter, St. Marks, and St. Philips—enjoyed a day of dancing and singing to hip-hop hits, and romping in an inflatable bounce-house. More importantly, the youngsters experienced the joy of giving to those in the throes of serious life challenges; in this case, children—many of whom have endured unimaginable trauma—who are receiving therapeutic and other support services from Hathaway Sycamores. By day’s end, these caring kids had donated more than $1,700.

Cayla and Cameron were introduced to Hathaway-Sycamores by way of their mother, Stacey McFarlane, who serves on the agency’s Advisory Board. Commenting on her fund-raising motivations, Cayla said, “I wanted to do something to help the children at Hathaway-Sycamores. I know I have enough toys in my room, and I wanted them to have toys to play with in their rooms.” For his part, Cameron explained, “Cayla and I were lucky to have such an awesome party, and, at the same time, be able to make a difference for the kids at Hathaway-Sycamores.”

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  1. Evelyn Vega-Aguilar

    This are truly 2 amazing youth to give up their birthday party gifts to help other children. They are an inspiration to us all! Thank you for reminding us all the true meaning of giving.

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