Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Children and even adults are often filled with excitement and anticipation on their birthday. They look forward to having a party and the gifts that they will receive. But, for brothers, Rory and Declan McTigue, their birthday is about giving to others.
Ever since their sixth birthday, the identical twins have asked for donations instead of presents to give to the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. They continued this tradition for another six years and raised nearly $30,000 for the new “sibling wing” at the children’s hospital.
This year, for their 13th birthday, Rory and Declan, decided to give locally. They created, “Kids for Cops,” in support of law enforcement officers. They hope this will become a national movement in other communities. To help raise funds, they set up a “Kids For Cops Warwick, NY” account on www.GoFundMe.com.
Rory and Declan also received cash and checks from friends and family that attended their birthday party. As with all of their birthdays, their mom, Sylvia, and dad, Robert, gave them an “all out party” at their home on Fri., Sept. 9. They converted their entire backyard into the theme, “Sound of Music Meets Octoberfest.”
The Chester residents, who attend the eighth grade at the Warwick Valley Middle School, raised $3,075 which they gave to the Warwick Police Department on Fri., Oct. 21. Chief Tom McGovern was very appreciative to receive the donation from the boys’ on behalf of the department. The Chief has not decided, just yet, how to spend the money. But, it will definitely be put to good use and for the betterment of officers in the department.
Also on hand for the check presentation was Lt. Thomas Maslanka, Lt. John Rader, and Warwick PBA President Sgt. Ed Mullins. After the presentation, the McTigue family went on a grand tour of the Police Station. Rory and Delcan reveled in meeting police officers and dispatchers and getting a behind-the-scenes peek at how the department operates. They were especially wide-eyed and delighted when they were given some drinks and snacks from the vending machine.
Like other teens their age, Rory and Declan, participate in a variety of activities from sports to acting. Their mom says that her sons have been acting professionally at a young age and still enjoy it very much. Some of the roles they played include: ‘Lil A’ on “All My Children” and ‘Teddy Schroder’ on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
As much as they like acting and different activities, one thing is for certain – the kindhearted brothers truly enjoy the “gift of giving” and helping others. To learn how to start a “Kids For Cops” fundraiser for law enforcement and to receive a media kit and logo send an email to KidsForCops@optimum.net.