First communicants and confirmandi are often given the gift of cash from well-meaning (but gift-giving-challenged) friends and family members.
The recipients can then buy something for themselves — or they could follow the example of Brianna Montecalvo and donate the cash to a worthy cause.
As the Rhode Island Catholic reports, Brianna recently gave $800 from her confirmation gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died four years ago.
The 16-year-old student from La Salle Academy in Providence told the diocesan newspaper she was happy to make the contribution and felt her grandmother would be proud of her. She also said she hoped the donation would help her mature.
She only wished she had done something like this before. She noted, rather maturely, that some people need the money more than she does.