Pinson’s Paying It Forward

Pinson’s Paying It Forward

Pinson’s Paying It Forward

by Barbara-Scott Kolb

Micah Pinson, a student of Corinth Classical Academy, was born with missing fingers on his left hand — but the kindness and generosity of one hospital helped kindle a spirit of philanthropy within Micah and gave him a platform to demonstrate the importance of paying it forward.

At 6 weeks old, Micah became a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital; the doctors provided two surgeries free of charge and were able to exponentially improve the motor function of his hand. Since then, Micah has undergone substantial treatment while developing a special rapport with the doctors and counselors of TSRH. Micah is now a 14-year old student able to perform daily tasks adequately with the use of seven fingers.

“TSRH has blessed me so much; I will always be grateful to them for allowing me to be able to lead a normal life with a hand difference,” Micah said.

The importance of reciprocating generosity has been a value taught with great importance throughout Micah’s childhood. That schooling from his parents paired with the benevolence of  TSRH sparked Micah’s idea to start a service project.

“My parents taught me that I must learn a way to give back to the hospital, so I started a toy drive; this will be my ninth year.” Micah stated.

Micah and his family began the project by storing as many toys that could fit inside their garage. They have since recruited sponsors, rented storage units, and now use semi-trucks to deliver collected toys. To date, Micah has donated 55,000 toys, bringing joy and brightening morale for so many children.

His endeavor to impact the lives of other patients did not go unnoticed. He was granted several reputable awards, including Texas Honoree at the Prudential Service Community Awards, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Greater Dallas Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Governor’s Rising Star Award.

“I am very appreciative of the recognition that have come my way along this toy drive journey,” Micah said. “My parents keep me grounded, reminding me that awards are not the reason for the toy drive. But it’s very nice to be recognized for the efforts.”

What began as a parent-child teaching moment has evolved into a boy’s passion to utilize his circumstance to benefit others. Micah’s parents have expressed the beauty in their son’s perspective to not view his difference as a hindrance, rather as a challenge that’s molding him into a fine young man.

“In the beginning, Micah’s mother and I were teaching him the importance of the service project,” Richard Pinson said. “Somewhere it stopped being our effort and became his; we love his empathy for others and him using his difference to bless other people.”

Micah plans to continue honoring his mission to pay it forward and expand his toy drive, even when he is no longer a patient at TSRH.

“I have really enjoyed seeing other students be inspired to assist in my toy drive or find other ways to give back to their community,” Micah said. “I believe the most important impact the hospital has made on me is allowing me a platform for a service project that has impacted so many patient’s lives.”

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