EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 19, 2013

Andover boy donates savings to Red Cross

By Dustin Luca

---- — ANDOVER — Clay Hallee, 12, has been building a “rainy day fund” in his piggy bank for months, but after seeing what happened in Boston this week, he decided to put some of his cash to a more immediate use.

The West Middle School seventh grader is donating $100 saved from his weekly $3 allowance and Christmas cash to the American Red Cross, to help them in their relief efforts connected with the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I just saw stuff on the TV, on the news, everything about it, and I thought I could be doing more than just watching,” Clay said.

Clay said he “felt so helpless” hearing about the victims and their stories of pain and anguish. At this point, he realized the money in his savings jar — $111 — could help victims from the blasts.

“The best thing I did with my money before was I bought a sub from Subway,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing a lot with $100.”

While the boy is putting his money to use, there’s also a sense in him that the attacks won’t prevent him or his family from going to the Boston Marathon in the future.

He and his mother, Shelley Steenrod, have gone to the Marathon in the past to cheer runners on at the finish line.

They didn’t go this year because of other family obligations.

“I really think I want to go to the Marathon next year,’” Steenrod said.

In the meantime, Clay hopes others will do what they can to donate.

“It’s a horrible thing that happened,” he said. “Do anything you can to not feel helpless about it.”