Richie Hrivnak is a middle school student from Plum Borough, Pennsylvania who is committed to his Christian faith and is dedicated to helping those folks who are in need. In 2016, he was awarded a Jefferson Foundation Award for his community service and philanthropic work and was named one of the five finalists from the Pittsburgh area to represent the region at the national Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C. Among the initiatives that Richie has created are: Developing a Troop Banner program to recognize veterans in the community, making care bags to distribute to the homeless, holding an annual Toys for Toys/Plum Borough Food Pantry event , and repairing and selling bikes to raise money for the Sarah Hrivnak Memorial Fund through the Pittsburgh Foundation. http://pittsburghfoundation.org/node/38773 His hope is that when young children read his book, that they too will be motivated to help those in need.
Richie’s future goals include attending college, getting his pilot’s license and ultimately owning his own airline.