- Grade: 11th
- Achievement: Ethan, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout candidate, is organizing a fundraising drive in order to collect video games for kids to play at pediatrics unit.
Inspired by a recent four-day stay in the hospital, Ethan is organizing the fundraising drive all by himself by coordinating events, planting donation boxes at local businesses, and building a self-contained unit to store the video games. Ethan plans to donate the consoles and games themselves later in the year.
The drive is going well since he began this spring. He expected to collect eight systems for eight different rooms in the pediatrics unit, and about 40 games. However, he said, he has 60-80 games and six units so far.
"I thought at the time, there's nothing for older kids to do at the hospital, and I decided that when I got out, my Eagle Scout project would allow me to help that situation," said Ethan, who represented Troop 179 in Farmington.
- What's next: In-between volunteering with the Detroit nonprofit Summer in the City and practicing his basketball game (he's on his school's varsity team) Ethan is organizing a donation-drive event July 14 at of Farmington from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Want to help? Ethan is seeking game consoles including Xbox, Playstation, Gamecube, and Wii. He's also seeking controllers for those systems and games rated E or E-10. (Please, no handheld systems).
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