At only 8 years old, Lily LeBoeuf has already found the true holiday spirit of giving.
The St. Bernadette Catholic School third-grader recently held a fundraiser that raised $766 for St. Vincent de Paul TriParish Community Pharmacy.
Elise LeBoeuf, Lily’s mother, wasn’t surprised when she learned her daughter wanted to start the campaign.
“She’s always been very giving and thoughtful, and so I just thought it was a great idea for her to do this,” said Elise, who also shared that Lily has volunteered at the community pharmacy as well. “I am very proud of her.”
To raise the money, Lily created two commercials, which Elise shared on social media, to ask family and friends to purchase some Grinch popcorn — with proceeds going toward the pharmacy.
“I wanted to help them ‘cause my [grandmother] always helps people,” Lily said. “I wanted to give it a try.”
Helping those who rely on the pharmacy runs in Lily’s family. Robin Braud, her grandmother, and E.J. Hebert, her great grandfather, have been volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul since it opened in 2001.
“My mom was one of the founding pharmacists when they started it,” Elise said. “She’s just so passionate about making sure people get their medicine; she works hard for it. And she actually inspired her father [Hebert] to volunteer as well.”
“I’m just so proud of her, and Lily is proud of her too,” she continued.
Through donated medicine from pharmaceutical companies, physicians, hospitals and nursing homes and monetary donations from the public, the pharmacy is able to serve clients who do not have Medicaid, veteran’s benefits or prescription insurance — providing a vital service for some of the area’s most in need.
“It’s a really great program for the community right now,” Elise said. “People are thinking so much about COVID, and that’s kind of everybody’s focus. People forget about all the other illnesses that people still have to live with and deal with on a daily basis.”
More information on St. Vincent de Paul TriParish Community Pharmacy can be found here.