Alex and Amanda Ng have been busy helping others this holiday season.
Alex and his friends recently made their annual visit to Pleasant City Elementary School. Alex has been visiting the school since 2007; Andre Ferreira joined in 2008, and Devin Wallace and Sergio Fedele joined in 2009. The boys have been making this annual visit ever since. The boys work hard all month texting, posting on Facebook and e-mailing friends and family members to donate dollar store toys. As the collection builds up, the boys then pack the toys and make their way to Pleasant City Elementary School and hand them out to the aftercare program. The boys sit and talk to the kids, and let them know that someone out there is thinking of them. One fifth-grader said, “I’m going to miss their visits.”
Amanda Ng has just completed her annual visit to the Royal Manor nursing home. Her great-grandmother was a resident there, and when she passed away in 2008, Amanda was scared and said she never wanted to go back.
However, at Christmas, she thought about her great-grandmother and the other residents who so enjoyed her visits and decided to conquer her fear. Wearing her soccer uniform, she convinced some of her teammates to go with her to hand out a little holiday spirit. She has since made this an annual visit.
This year, Amanda was named the Royal Palm Beach Hometown Queen for the Dream Girls USA pageant and will compete for the state title in March 2013 in Orlando. She is now using her title to bring smiles to the faces of those who are in need of some joy. Amanda and her friends made their visit this year wearing their crowns and sashes from her birthday party. She also helped out with the Kool 105.5 Children’s Medical Services toy drive and handed out candy canes at Pleasant City’s aftercare program.
Amanda has now written a book about colors and is seeking a children’s hospital or school that would like her to come and share these books and read it to the children. If you are interested, contact her mother Sandi Ng at (561) 779-8818.
ABOVE: (Front row, L-R) Mackenzy Hasan and Julia Hasan; (back row) Jenna Brooker, Amanda Ng, Holly Garfield and Danielle Nelson.