Noah Norwitch is not your typical fifth grader. For the last four years, he has turned away birthday presents in exchange for granting others the gift of life.
“I realized that I had lots of toys and games, and I wanted to do something that would help kids. My parents helped me find a charity that I could donate to. Since my dad is a pilot and we love flying as much as we can, we decided to use “Angel Flight,” explained Noah during a Wellington Council meeting.
Angel Flight is a nationwide charity that provides free private plane flights to people in need of medical care, who otherwise could not afford it. Four months ago Noah set his sights a little closer to home, choosing to raise money to help a friend on the swim team.
“I was talking to a boy on my swim team. I had not seen this boy for a while and I wondered where he was. He told me that his parents couldn’t afford to bring him to swim practice,” said Noah.
The 10 year old went before Village Council on October 28th to present his donation for $3,334 to help not only his friend, but any Wellington child that needs it.
“I hope that with this money, kids can participate in the sports they want all year round,” Noah told the Council.
Noah’s generous efforts moved Mayor Bob Margolis and inspired council members.
“You have touched our souls and this is something that I will never, ever forget,” said Mayor Margolis during the meeting.
The Council earmarked Noah’s donation for Wellington children who cannot afford to participate in a Village program.
“It’s random acts of kindness like this that will hopefully spark interest in other residents to do things as honorable as what you are doing at 10 years old,” said Councilman Matt Willhite.