Shriners honors Tilden retiree for $100K donation to help sick children

Gary LaFaver of Tilden Township holds the certificate of recognition for his donation to Dream Makers Legacy Society of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Gary LaFaver of Tilden Township has been recognized by Shriners Hospitals for Children for donating $100,000 and his entire estate worth $200,000 to Dream Makers Legacy Society of Shriners Hospitals to help sick children.

“Since I have no children of my own I figured what a way to help. Plus, I also learned that the parents never get a bill from Shriners Hospitals, and this is the reason why, when people donate,” said LaFaver, holding the certificate of recognition that Shriners had presented to him for his contribution. “It’s something that I often wanted to do.”

“I’m pleased to present you with the enclosed Dream Makers Legacy Society certificate to honor your commitment to Shriners Hospitals for Children,” Clare Meade, senior regional director, Planned and Major Giving, Shriners Hospital, wrote in a letter to LaFaver that accompanied the certificate. “Leaving a legacy to a mission in which you believe is one of the most meaningful ways in which you can help children heal and live fulfilling lives. You are truly making a positive impact on the future.”

After making the donation to Shriners Hospitals, he said, “I feel very good, very good about myself. A lot of people waste their money where I’m looking for the future to help the kids.”

He said that while Shriners receives a lot of donations, even a little means a lot.

“I hope it helps to relieve a lot of families with their children so they don’t have to panic and say, ‘Where’s the money going to come from.’ The money is going to be there.”

To the families benefiting from the donation, he said, “There are a lot of good people out there that are looking to help. You have to put the bad stuff that’s going on in this world to the side because there’s more good that is happening in this world than what people realize. It’s people like me and thousands of other people.”

LaFaver also donates plasma twice a week to help sick people.

“I help out my neighbors whenever I can. And since I’m retired (from working at Deka, East Penn Manufacturing), I try to help out as much as I can with the community.”

LaFaver encourages others to donate to charity as well.

“If you have just an extra dollar or so, put it away and donate it to any charity. It could be St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitals, even helping the town people from the flood situation that just happened. Reach out and help everybody.”

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