Youth turns unwanted items into donated funds

Seven-year-old Azlyn McQueen and her mother, medical laboratory scientist Niki McQueen, wear identical lab smocks during Azlyn’s visit last week to her mother’s work area at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Azlyn was at the hospital to see the lab and give a gift of proceeds from her July 4 garage sale to Parkview Huntington Foundation. The gift will be used to bring cheer to pediatric patients at the hospital.
Seven-year-old Azlyn McQueen and her mother, medical laboratory scientist Niki McQueen, wear identical lab smocks during Azlyn’s visit last week to her mother’s work area at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Azlyn was at the hospital to see the lab and give a gift of proceeds from her July 4 garage sale to Parkview Huntington Foundation. The gift will be used to bring cheer to pediatric patients at the hospital. Photo provided.

They were items she just didn’t need any longer – cars, books, a lawn mower, that type of thing.

She found a cash box, set up a table in the garage of her home, and had herself a sale over the Fourth of July. She made some money, and knew just where she wanted it to go. Her garage sale would help a particular group of hospital patients. It would help children. Children just like her.

Azlyn McQueen is 7 years old. Recently, she visited the foundation office at Parkview Huntington Hospital with her mother, PHH medical laboratory scientist Niki McQueen, to drop off a check. It was a gift with a very specific purpose.

“I wanted to help people get toys while they’re in the hospital,” she declared.

The gift was all Azlyn’s idea, her mother said.

“We had a family gathering over the holiday, and part of that was a large garage sale,” she said. “But Azlyn knew just what she wanted to do. She found her own cash box to make her own money.”

Azlyn even made change for customers at the sale. Not bad for a youngster who entered the first grade this fall.
She no longer has the toy cars she played with when the summer began. Some of her well-read picture books are also gone, as is the toy lawn mower she pushed as she “helped” her father, Nick, mow the grass at their home in rural Whitley County. They all went in the garage sale, to be enjoyed by other youngsters. And the money she got for them – which was matched dollar-for-dollar by a companion gift from her parents – will put smiles on even more children’s faces.

Azlyn’s gift will become part of the foundation’s Pediatrics fund, which supports and enhances treatment for the hospital’s youngest patients.

Now, while Niki McQueen is doing her important work in the PHH lab, Azlyn’s generosity is at work in the hospital, too, providing a different kind of care that helps with healing.