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12-Year-Old Brady Crow Making a Difference in His Community

Apr 30, 2018 04:59PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

By Kathleen Ganster

Brady Crow is quite the steward for the town of McCandless—even though he is only 12 years old. 

The son of Lance and Marcie Crow, Brady decided his New Year’s resolution would be to complete a service project. According to Marcie, he moved quickly. 

“Within a day or two, the idea for this year’s project came to him and he drafted a letter to ask for support from our neighbors,” she said.  

That idea was to collect socks for homeless veterans.  “I wanted to give back to those who have given so much to our country,” Brady said. “Homelessness is a huge problem and it was so cold out. I realized how miserable it would be without good socks, especially if you were homeless.” 

The sixth grader at Carson Middle School spent the next few weeks collecting new socks for veterans. On January 25th—his 12th birthday—Brady delivered 688 pairs of socks to The Veterans’ Place. 

“It was such a sense of accomplishment,” he said. 

Rob Hamilton, Operations Manager for The Veteran’s Place, said Brady’s donation means a lot to them. “To see someone younger like him stepping up to help us is important; it gives us hope,” he said. 

It also means direct help. “One of the things they teach us in the military is proper foot care; the feet are one of the most important tools that soldiers have. That extends to homeless veterans—they depend on their feet to get them around,” Hamilton said. 

This isn’t Brady’s first community service project. Last August, when he learned that McCandless was considering a K-9 officer, he decided to help.

“He jumped into action. Using a business idea he came up with in a class at Hosack Elementary, Brady created a few dozen Pebble Pals, original hand-painted rocks with ‘personality,’ to offer in exchange for a monetary donation,” his mother explained. 

That effort raised $321—and a special honor. The McCandless Police Department awarded Brady the McCandless Police Good Citizen Award in September. 

“Brady is a good-hearted kid who took an initiative like this—we love to see that in our community,” Police Chief David DiSanti Sr., said, adding that he believes Brady’s actions also prompted others to donate towards the K-9 police unit. “We received a lot of donations, and we think that was because Brady inspired others to give.”