Adam Davies has a mission to help kids in any way he can.
The Garden City High School junior has participated in many activities in recent years to help children, most recently as a summer intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation after introducing his idea for "countdown cards." The homemade cards are themed to fit each child's wish and mailed to remind them the date their wish will be fulfilled is drawing near.
"Hopefully, it builds anticipation and tells them Make- A-Wish is thinking of them," said Davies, 16, who was inspired to help youths after his cousin was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2004.
Davies' other work includes helping collect about 4,000 books for a library at Andress Plaza in Amityville and the Wyandanch school district after distributing fliers and setting up collection boxes within his school district. He also collected DVDs for a new playroom at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Davies is co-president of his school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter and a member of the German Honor Society. He also belongs to the school's Miracle Club, which aids community members affected by cancer. In addition, he volunteers as a youth soccer coach soccer three days a week in the fall and in the spring.