8-year-old Fulton girl uses birthday to help others in need

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FULTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Joan Overton, 8, will be celebrating her ninth birthday in December. She isn’t worried about what she will receive for a present this year. Joan is more concerned about what she will be giving.

For the last three years, Joan has found a way to help out someone in need for her birthday. When she turned seven, she helped raise money for a local pit bull organization. For her eighth birthday, she had a fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital.

This year, Joan’s mission is to make a difference for veterans who are taking the Syracuse Honor Flight in May. It will go toward getting more wheelchairs for veterans who take the flight. Joan chose this cause to honor her grandfather, who recently passed away.

“It was mostly about my Grandpa Gary,” said Joan. “He was a veteran and like, I wanted to honor him.”

Joan’s parents, Mathew and Stephanie Overton, have supported her each year. They helped collect all the donations.

“It is wonderful. It is such a great feeling to have such a giving and caring child,” said Stephanie Overton. “She started it at a young age. It was fantastic. And she really came up with the idea on her own.”

“Joan, leading by example, is already starting to inspire other kids and that’s the part that makes me proud and proud to be her father,” said Mathew Overton.

So far, Joan has raised around $1,000.

If you would like to donate, contact the Overtons at StephanieWilson5780@Yahoo.com.

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