Mayor honors youth who raised $5,000 for Operation Stand Down

Mayor honors youth who raised $5,000 for Operation Stand Down

Zachary Gosselin is honored by Mayor Donald Grebien at City Hall. At left is his father, John Gosselin, and at right is George Luttge, of Operation Stand Down.

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien honored 12-year-old Zachary Gosselin, who helped raise more than $5,000 in partnership with the Pawtucket Red Sox for the military charity Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Gosselin joined the mayor with his father John Gosselin and George Luttge representing Operation Stand Down.

“Zack is a remarkable young man with a bright future,” said Grebien. “His commitment to helping others and getting involved in charitable causes shows a maturity well beyond his age.”

Zach celebrated his 12th birthday in July, having thrown out the first pitch at a Pawtucket Red Sox game in McCoy, alongside more than 100 US Armed Forces veterans, which prompted a visit to Grebien’s office.

“Over the last six years, I’ve learned that being an elite athlete on the playing surface or star student in the classroom is wonderful. However, nothing compares to the amazing feeling one receives when they raise the level of hope for somebody facing ‘trying’ times in life. It is purely magical what can happen when we lead with our hearts to do-good for another in life,” said Gosselin.