Local Boy does his Part for Hospitalized Children

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The CEO of his own non-profit organization at just 11, Caleb Silvia of Zanesville is working to give kids at the hospital hope.

It’s called ‘Caleb Cares 4 Kids.’ He raises money to donate toys to pediatric hospital patients. Caleb started giving when he was just 9 and he said he simply wants to give back. Caleb was two when he spent his time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. His only memory? A toy cart that came around and made his day. Now, Caleb fills the cart for other kids to enjoy.

“It’s just fuels you because you get to help others and know that you’re helping, ” said Silvia.

With school, theater, and Star Wars, Caleb does need help running his growing organization. So he has a secretary, driver and professional photographer but he just calls them ‘mom’ and ‘dad’.

“My mom or ‘my secretary’ does all the tax stuff and anything paperwork and my dad’s been helping me drive around and hand out some stuff for donations,” said Silvia.

Caleb is looking for even more help to keep kids’ spirits high at the hospital as he’s hosting a spaghetti dinner this Saturday. It costs just a donation and there will also be Chinese and silent auctions to raise funds. It’s all happening at the Immanuel Church on 7th St. from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Zanesville, and all are welcome to attend.

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