Wednesday, December 13, 2006

How to Make the Grinch Seem Like He Wasn't Such a Bad Guy After All

I'm still shaking my head over a story that appeared yesterday in a Pennsylvania newspaper, the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader.

"Former Boss of Charity Pleads Guilty," by David Weiss, tells about a woman who was in charge of the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but who may be on her way to prison.

Before I tell you the story, let me say that this is a worthwhile charity that is consistently ranked as one of the best in terms of making good use of donors' money. This one woman's actions should not make anyone hesitate to give to them.

Jessica Hardy was the chair of the charity in her part of Pennsylvania.
Authorities say she made up the names of children she said were terminally ill. Then she forged doctors' signatures on fake medical documents for these fake children.

She then took more than $55,000 donated for these fictional kids to buy herself Super Bowl tickets, a Disney World vacation, a bass guitar for her son, and a few luxury items like a big screen TV.

Okay, I'm trying to picture someone gleefully enjoying the Super Bowl, knowing that this is how they bought their tickets....kicking back and watching the big screen... knowing all the while that real terminally ill kids were hoping and waiting for wishes to be granted.

Hard to imagine, isn't it?

The DA thinks she should do jail time. I hope he gets his wish.


Anonymous said...

The DA thinks she should do jail time. I hope he gets his wish.

Oh, yes--I'm making that wish too!

I was reading throught the earlier posts, and I saw the one about the pumpkin fields. My husband and I visited California several years ago, and went birding at the Pescadero Marsh. We also stopped at Duarte's Tavern. I had a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich--Monterey Jack cheese with little shrimp on sourdough bread--yum!

I just re-read the Irene Kelly books, getting ready to read "Kidnapped." Just requested it from my local library.

Jan Burke said...

I think I'm going to have to drive back up the coast again soon.

Thanks for you kind support of the series!