For an entire month, 9-year-old Landyn Bryant saved up money she would normally spend on ice cream at school.
She hoarded the change and, at the end of the month, decided to use it to give back to those in need.
Shopping at local Dollar General stores had given Bryant an idea. During their one-penny sale, Bryant spent the savings on one-cent, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.
And with a wagon full of medicines, Bryant opened the door of the Good Shepherd Clinic, bearing gifts that surprised the staff on March 14.
“We just couldn’t believe it, how wonderful it was because that’s not something we pay for so it was just really thrilling that somebody else, especially a little girl, was thinking about other people who have challenges,” said Kay Parrish, the clinic manager.
Bryant, a Girl Scout of Troop #106240 of Dawsonville, spent her $4 and donated hundreds of items including Tylenol, Advil, Alka-Seltzer gummies, Melatonin, fish oil supplements, cold and flu medicine and any other medicine she thought could help others. She also bought a number of pocket calendars to give to patients to help them remember their appointments.
Parrish said the gesture is a testament to Bryant’s “sharing, giving, caring heart.”
“She’s an awesome little girl,” Parrish said.
When asked why she wanted to donate to the clinic, Bryant simply said she “wanted to help others.”
The Good Shepherd Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical, dental, vision, hearing and cardiology services, free women’s wellness screenings, referrals, mental health counseling and prescription medication assistance to eligible residents of Dawson County who don’t have insurance or financial means.
To be eligible, patients must live, work or go to school in the county, not have any insurance and have an income of 200 percent or below the federal poverty level. For a family of two, that’s an income of about $34,000 a year.
For more information about the clinic, visit www.goodshepherddawsonco.org or call (706) 429-9914.