Raiders will donate volunteer 'pay' to 4-year-old Noah for medical bills and expenses

COURTESY PHOTO: SPARROW CLUBS - Reynolds High School students celebrate their new sparrow Noah after a recent assembly introducing him to the school. Students at Reynolds High School are fundraising for a medically-fragile East County child with a unique approach through Sparrow Clubs.

The Raiders will raise money for medical bills for their new sparrow, Noah, by doing community service. The students will get "paid" by local companies for their community service. The student "pay" will go to Noah's family for expenses not covered by medical insurance.

Gresham nonprofit organization EPM, Black Rock Coffee Bar in Troutdale and Skoro Homes in Damascus and Gresham have stepped up to "pay" the students for their community service.

This is the third time Reynolds has stepped up and "adopted" a sparrow for one year.

COURTESY PHOTO: SPARROW CLUBS - Little Noah, the newest Raider, takes in the scene at a recent assembly at Reynolds High School. Noah is described as a sweet 4 year old, whose happy and energetic personality makes others smile. Noah loves Mickey Mouse, LEGOs and superheroes, especially Superman. He also loves riding his scooter and skateboard.

When Noah was just 2- and a-half-years-old, doctors discovered his liver was failing. The little boy was on life support for three days until a new liver was found, Sparrow Club materials said.

The transplant operation took more than nine hours and Noah spent 51 days in the hospital.

Now, Noah must be monitored closely and take medication daily.

Sparrow Clubs are a national program that facilitates students to provide financial and emotion support for children in medical need and their families.

Sparrow Clubs point out that the students who adopt the medically-fragile children also benefit from the arrangement as they gain empathy for others through their work.

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