BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Leah Dasti, a second grader at Woodruff Elementary School, once again, was the special guest at a recent Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad meeting. She presented a check in the amount of $545 to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad. In total, Leah has donated over $850 to the squad.

After presenting a check for $251 last September, Leah brainstormed with her mother on how she could double her donations. She went to work to set up Leah's Lemonade Stand at the Mountain Park and Woodruff Holiday Markets -- and at her brother's wrestling match at Gov. Livingston High School. Leah also received a matching donation from Sayre Communications in the amount of $250.

At that Monday night meeting, Carolyn Sayre welcomed Leah and her parents Nancy and John. Sayre, also a parent of a second grade child, was inspired by Leah's generosity and kindness. "I know how proud and how much joy you bring to your parents for performing such beautiful acts of kindness," said Sayre.

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She reminded the room full of EMTs, associate members and cadets that the elementary schools in Berkeley Heights talk and place a lot of emphasis on kindness. "You are very much a shining example of what kindness means," Sayre told Leah. 

She handed Leah a gift bag with a shirt that fittingly says, "Throw kindness around like confetti." A saying that embodies your heart and your spirit, said Sayre. She thanked Leah for inspiring the entire squad.

"I'm happy to be able to give back to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad in honor of my pop pop," Leah said. "I am so excited to double the amount of my September donation. I can't wait to see what my next donation is going to be. -- Who knows? Maybe one day I will be able to buy you a new ambulance."

Leah was asked to ride in the ambulance along with squad members in the 2018 Memorial Day Parade, and you are sure to see Leah's Lemonade Stand around Berkeley Heights raising donations for the BHVRS -- a cause that is near and dear to Leah's heart.

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About the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad: As a volunteer organization, they never charge for a ride to the hospital or any medical supplies they use. The BHVRS is funded primarily through tax-deductible donations. All donations are used to purchase such items as supplies and equipment and to support the objectives of the Squad. 

The Squad always needs volunteers, both medical and auxiliary. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information, click here