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Taylor youth raises $1,158 for Ronald McDonald House

Nine-year-old Sarah Byford of Taylor is continuing raise money for those in need, and wants every child to have a Merry Christmas.

Nine-year-old Sarah Byford of Taylor is continuing raise money for those in need, and wants every child to have a Merry Christmas.

Last year, Sarah spent the holidays volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House to help collect toys and wrap gifts for children. Due to the pandemic it isn’t possible to wrap gifts at the house this year, but Sarah continues to raise funds, with $1,158 in donations so far, passing her original goal of $500.

The house supports up to 73 families each night as their child receives life-saving treatment.

Sarah wrote a letter to Santa asking him to drop off gifts in Vancouver for kids staying at the House.

“Some people don’t get Christmas,” said Sarah. “My Christmas wish is to make kids have a wonderful Christmas. I want it to be magical.”

Amy Byford says her daughter has a heart of gold and an iron will, raising over well over $15,000 through various initiatives since 2017. 

“She started a bottle drive last summer and people just drop them off all the time, so we have a collection,” said Byford. “She’s hoping to find a family and bring Christmas to them. That’s her newest thing, she said everyone needs to smile this Christmas."

Sarah also designed her own towel with the message, ‘Today is going to be a good day’, a phrase often heard at the Ronald McDonald House.

Coffee mugs with the design have been donated to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, a charity Sarah helped out in 2019. The mugs were placed in gift baskets, raising $1,500 for the foundation this year. 

Anyone looking to help out with Sarah’s Christmas wish can do so by clicking here.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca