Andrew spent his early childhood in many different foster homes. When he was in kindergarten he watched a woman, Sandy, walk several of his classmates to school every day and hug each one goodbye. Sandy was a daycare provider and these were the children in her care. One day Andrew asked her, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?”
Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.
“Why do you hug them, then?” he asked. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their Moms and Dads couldn’t be here,” she explained.
Then Andrew asked, “Could you hug me?”
And she did, from that day on. Soon, Sandy discovered that Andrew was in foster care. She told her husband and older son about him many times. “My older son said, ‘Mum, you talk about him every day. He’s in foster care. Why don’t we adopt him?’” Sandy said. Andrew felt the same way: when Sandy asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he said it was to be adopted.
Sandy and her husband started the paperwork that December, and by the end of the kindergarten year, Andrew was their son. To say that Andrew is grateful that he found Sandy would be an understatement. His gratitude is matched by his adoptive parents, Sandy and Mark, who feel lucky and privileged to be his parents.
Andrew is 14 years old now, and he wants homeless youth to have the same chance at a happy life that he got. This past Fall Andrew wrote to us and said he would be collecting twoonies as a fundraiser for Covenant House. He told us he hoped it would make an impact – at that time we had no idea just how big an impact Andrew would soon make.
Andrew’s story and his fundraising efforts were shared by the media. The response from the community in support of Andrew and Covenant House was incredible. Andrew set up a fundraising page “Twoonies for Teens” and soon he had raised $1000 and so he raised his goal. As word of his story spread, he had to raise his goal and again and again. To date, Andrew has raised over $42,000 for homeless youth!
Andrew is a remarkable young man and we are truly inspired by his commitment to giving back and to helping other young people who are less fortunate. A huge thank you to Andrew and his entire family for all they have done for the youth at Covenant House!
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