Just call him Hurricane Andrew.
Fourth grader Andrew Hermann, 9, was so inspired by a sermon by Msgr. Francis Weldgen on how students should do good works that he planned and conducted a car wash to assist victims of the recent hurricanes in Florida.
He became a whirlwind of activity, and with the help of 18 classmates from St. Christopher School in the Town of Tonawanda, raised nearly $800 despite cold and rainy weather.
Andrew not long ago presented a check to the Rev. Joseph J. Sicari, Catholic Charities of Buffalo diocesan director, who accepted it on behalf of Catholic Charities USA. Sicari then read a letter written to Andrew from Thomas A. DeStefano, president of Catholic Charities USA.
"You and your friends do not know the people you helped, but because of your hard work and strong faith, you all are making a difference in their lives," DeStefano noted. "The money you raised from your successful car wash will go to help families rebuild their homes and help people find jobs."
Andrew's parents, Paula and Mike Hermann, also assisted in the fund-raiser.
When he's not doing good deeds, Andrew loves to read books like the Guinness Book of World Records, and other informational material. He has a passion for trivia about baseball players and stadiums. He is is a member of the swim team at St. Christopher, and plays the saxophone.
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