The American Red Cross Breakfast of Champions
We were fortunate to have breakfast with these two young men this morning. SERVPRO was able to sponsor the Bernal brothers, Ian, 12, and Daniel, 8, their parents and grandfather at The American Red Cross Southern Shore Breakfast of Champions. The brothers, from Egg Harbor Township, donate gifts on their birthday each year.
The boys encourage their friends to bring toiletry items in lieu of birthday gifts to their parties. The boys then bring the items to the Red Cross to be used in assembling 'comfort kits; which get distributed to families when Red Cross assists families at residential fires.
The idea began six years ago when Ian Bernal was turning 6 years old, said his mother Elizabeth Bernal. A natural disaster was on the T.V. screen as well as information about efforts to help.
Elizabeth Bernal said it was around the time of his birthday and he said he wanted to help so the parents suggested the idea of collecting donations for a food bank, and he immediately agreed.
Younger brother Daniel followed in his brother’s footsteps and both are happy simply having the parties on their birthdays and spending time with friends rather than getting gifts.