Rain does not stop a boy's 'Doughnuts & Coffee Drive'

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

ALBANY -- The Tooth Fairy gave an Albany 6-year-old more than a dollar for his tooth. It gave him an idea.

Jackson Harris was looking for another way he could help the community after his Deerfield Windsor School first grade boys rang bells for the Salvation Army at the Albany Mall last week.

A dollar for a tooth. How about a dollar for coffee and a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

Despite Saturday's rain, Harris opened his "Doughnuts and Coffee Drive" to help Albany's Advocacy Resource Center at 10 a.m. at his West Doublegate Drive home.

"I just thought about it," Harris said. "Coffee and doughnuts to help people."

The selection of the Advocacy Resource Center as beneficiary had a little help from mom.

"I have a friend who works at ARC in North Carolina," said Harris' mother, Dacia. "We decided it would be curb service so no one would have to get out of the car."

Not taking advantage of curb service, Harold "Huddy" Hudgens Jr. walked from his pickup to the Harris front porch. He handed over a check for $20 to support the coffee and doughnuts drive and through the drive the Advocacy Resource Center.

"I support the (ARC) organization," said Hudgens, president of Albany Land Co. Inc. "And this boy is doing a good job raising money."

By 11 a.m., the drive had taken in more than $75, and Harris mother expected to make at least $100 to support the work of the Advocacy Resource Center by noon closing time.

The Albany ARC according to its website albanyarc.org has served the community for more than 30 years as an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

The organization at 2616 Pointe North Blvd. offers programs such as a preschool for children who may be "at risk," an Adult Day/Independent Living Program for those with developmental disabilities and other programs to assist in job placement and independent living.

The organization remains a strong supporter of the Special Olympics, which "empower individuals with intellectual disabilities, through year-round sports training and competition."