The American Red Cross is grateful for contributions from community-minded young people like Elizabeth Albahary. A grade-schooler from Scarborough, Miss Albahary has a passion for performing, and most recently has shown a great interest in humanitarian issues. She managed to combine these two interests to make a big difference to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Miss Albahary was asked by her teacher to participate in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Maine Chapter Singing Competition. Held in mid November at Bates College, Miss Albahary did not enter the competition to win; rather she was focused on enjoying a learning experience. The event was not only a learning experience, but Elizabeth did a little teaching of her own, as she won the competition!
After watching the November 2nd nationally televised “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” benefit for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts, Miss Albahary was moved by the devastation and suffering in New York and New Jersey caused by the storm. Two weeks later and after winning the singing competition, she immediately asked her mom if she could use the monetary award to help where help was needed most.
Miss Albahary is now encouraging all kids to send just one dollar to the American Red Cross to help with the massive relief effort. She says that even donations of one dollar can add up and make a real difference.
Elizabeth is a great example of the giving spirit here in Maine. She has also agreed donate her time and talent by singing the national anthem at this coming year’s American Red Cross Real Heroes Awards Event held on April 4th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Portland.