Special gift on Anti-bullying day

Anti-bullying day spun into a beautiful, special day for local 10-year-old Emily Anderson, who received a gift from a friend that morning.

Anti-bullying day spun into a beautiful, special day for local 10-year-old Emily Anderson, who received a special gift from a friend last Wednesday.

Twelve-year-old Keenan Potvin spent last week Tuesday night reading a book, learning how to make a stuffed doll, and cutting and sewing the doll together to give to his friend Emily, who is non-verbal and has cerebral palsy, said Emily’s mom Pam Craig.

On Wednesday morning, Craig says she and Emily came to the school and met Keenan at the door, standing there with a big smile and a doll in his hand.

“It was just the sweetest thing ever,” said Craig.

“It’s incredible to see such pureness of heart – it’s truly a gift to see that,” she said.

Keenan’s mom Dawn Potvin says she has no idea where the idea came from.

“Him and Emily have always had a pretty special friendship all through elementary school and he just came home from school… and he was on a mission and he was making her a doll,” said Potvin.

Potvin says she is proud of the boy Keenan is, adding that he made the doll entirely of his own hand: he sewed it, filled it with peas, drew on it and decorated it.

Asked why he made the doll for Emily, Keenan says it’s because they are good friends.

“She’s been a good friend to me so I wanted to give her a gift,” he said.

Craig says the gift meant a great deal to Emily, and it was really cool to see.

It’s cool that for these two children on anti-bullying day, bullying is just not part of their world, kindness is what they are about, said Craig.

“There are so many instances of bullying in the school, and it starts at such a young age, and here is two kids who are just oblivious to it,” she said, adding that to her knowledge Emily hasn’t experienced any bullying at school.