As reported in The Christian Science Monitor, Aidan Ryan, 17, and his sister Erin, 13, of Vancouver, Washington, were recently honored for their charitable work. Over the past two years, they have collected $109,960 and 8,500 pounds of food for the Clark County Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul. Aidan rallied fellow students at Seton Catholic College Prep School, along with King's Way Christian School. Erin got her peers at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School to contribute.


The teens' mother, Annemarie Ryan, bakes cakes to celebrate the birthdays of children staying in homeless shelters. When Erin delivered one of the cakes to a shelter, she saw a girl from her class. "It was kind of big to realize she stayed there," Erin said. With Aidan heading off to college, he's handing the reins to Erin. She'd like to expand the effort and help out the neonatal intensive care unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.