The Carrington and Friends Foundation is the umbrella under which The Carrington A. Craig Scholarship Fund and Carrington & Friends Annual Toy Drive and Caroling Event sit, all of which were named for its' founder Lady Carrington Craig. Carrington is an 12 year-old Carmel, Indiana student who this December 2020 will host her 8th annual Carrington & Friends Toy Drive: Caroling for A Cause at Riley Hospital North - Carmel, IN. This drive supports children who cannot spend the holidays at home with their families. You read correctly….8 YEARS!!! Carrington was only 4 years-old when she started this initiative after seeing a child in the hospital during the holidays. Carrington inquired whether the child would receive gifts from Santa. Dissatisfied with the response that the child quite possibly could not receive any toys, Carrington's solution was to ask all of the friends and family who were gathering to celebrate the holiday season at her home, to bring one toy per family for donations to children in the local hospital who would not be home for Christmas. Carrington delivered the toys on Christmas Eve and the rest is history. This initiative has grown exponentially with each year. In 2019, Carrington was able to donate so many toys that no child at Riley Hospital went without!!! Contributing sponsors have included: Massage Heights, Hoi Tea Toi Tea, McNamara Florist, Jason’s Deli, 95.5 FM, New Haven Missionary Baptist Church, and Appreciate You Salon. Carrington's goal is to provide at least 20,000 toys each year to children who are ill.
Carrington has such a big heart and what began as a simple desire to brighten the holiday of a sick child, has grown to a 501(c)3 foundation. In the fall of 2019, Carrington embarked on her first Carrington A. Craig Scholarship Fund, and hosted her first fundraising event to benefit the scholarship November 3rd, 2019 at Tony's of Indianapolis. While she did not make the targeted amount funds needed, Carrington has chosen to have her first scholarship proceeds go toward benefiting Orchard Park Elementary School (scheduled to close in the coming years). Subsequent scholarship awards will benefit middle school students who like Carrington was born prematurely and have an interest in STEM/STEAM to assist with costs associated with camps or STEM activities enrollment. In the not so distant future, Carrington aspires to add winter gear (i.e., coats, hats and gloves) to her philanthropy. Carrington has been honored to receive “The Bronze Award” from the Girl Scouts of the USA in June 2019 for her foundations great work, and a commendation from the mayor of Carmel, IN.
Born at only 26 weeks and 3 days gestation at what was then Clarion North Hospital in 2008, Carrington has beaten all of the odds. Weighing only 1lb and 11ozs at birth, Carrington was blessed to never have any complications, no antibiotics and no surgeries. As you can see in the photos, unless you know her story, you’d never know how she fought as a baby to become the amazing young lady she is today. Carrington is an active member of the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as a Junior Usher and sings in the Bishop's choir. In her short time on this earth, Carrington has been afforded great opportunities to be in the presence of amazing and influential individuals. From being asked on stage to perform along side the late Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Franklin, to being able to chat with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Carrington’s future is guaranteed to be brighter than any of us can fathom. She is already making plans to attend Howard University - Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2026 and study Engineering. With all of the bad news we are seeing and experiencing daily, Carrington, her story, and her philanthropy are without question a breath of fresh air.
We sincerely hope you will join the initiatives put forth by Carrington and would love for you to consider volunteering your time and talents to further each cause. Click the "get involved" link for volunteer opportunities or the "donate" link to lend your monetary support to these worthy causes.
TONY'S OF INDIANAPOLIS - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
FORK AND ALE HOUSE - CARMEL, IN
RILEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - CARMEL, IN
MASSAGE HEIGHTS IRONWORKS - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
HOI TEA TOI TEA - BROAD RIPPLE, IN
APPRECIATE YOU HAIR AND NAIL SALON - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
JASON'S DELI - CARMEL, IN
DUNKIN DONUTS - CARMEL, IN
NEW HAVEN MBC - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
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