Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rizek Children Collect For Assault Center
On Jan. 27 of this year, the three Rizek children — Lilian, 9, Meredith and James, both 7 — collected bears for the Prince George’s County Hospital Sexual Assault Center rather than receive presents for themselves at their shared birthday party celebration. The Davidsonville children collected 60 bears in total.
The Rizek children have dedicated their birthday to the hospital every other year beginning with Lilian’s first birthday in 2005. Over the years, the Rizek children have collected more than 210 bears for the center.
The bears are given to victims when they arrive at the center and help in their healing. Cheryl Banks, an Annapolis resident and community educator/volunteer coordinator for the center, attended the party. Banks shared that the hospital’s emergency room has been asking the center for bears to give to seriously injured children who come into the ER.
The birthday party and bear fundraiser was held at the Rizeks’ church, the United Church of Christ of Annapolis. The children were entertained with science experiments by Mad Science — and even made their own slippery slime!