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Sending good wishes to Aiden

We have another opportunity to help us spread some cheer and kindness! A boy in Ben’s school had a very scary medical event at school. The amazing staff started CPR right away and he was lifeflighted to the PICU at Upstate once stabilized. The great news is Aiden is doing better, but he has some time in the hospital still ahead of him. If you would like to send some cards, or have some kids that would like to send some pictures Aiden and his family would love some cheer. His mom says he especially loves anything John Deere, golf, basketball, being outdoor and mowing lawns for his neighbors. You can mail cards to us, or if you are local drop those off to the bin on the porch at 32 Maryvale Drive in Apalachin so we can get them delivered.
There is also a drop box at Tutor Time of Vestal day care (732 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850) in the lobby open Monday – Friday 7:30 – 5:30.
Thank You!!
Update – Friday 29 April,
Thank you, thank you to everyone that has dropped off cards!
Aiden’s mom has shared that he is doing well. He was transferred to a hospital in NYC for surgery to put in an ICD as a ‘safety net’ to prevent this from happening in the future. He is making big steps to be able to come home.
We will continue to collect cards and well wishes for him and his family as long as they keep coming!

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Nathans Butterflies on Channel 34

Ben Cucci was interfiewed on Channel 34 Binghamton New York. 

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Ben, founder of Nathan's Butterflies receives Fred

A Tioga Hills Elementary student who is changing the world one kindness at a time caught the attention of Senator Fred Akshar and his Akshar's All-Stars program. Ben Cucci, a fifth- grader from Apalachin, was recently selected as an Akshar All-Star, and received a T-shirt and framed certificate from the Senator.

Ben is the founder of Nathan's Butterflies, a nonprofit that pays it forward with random acts of kindness in the community, "I wanted to do something to help remember Nathan," said Ben, who was only six years old when he lost his little brother, Nathan.

"I came up with random acts of kindness, and it kept getting-bigger.' -  Ben and his "Butterfly Crew" have helped provide school supplies, set up a "Little Free Library" in the school's butterfly garden, provided face masks and hand sanitizer for 55 boxes filled as part of his 5th Grade's annual Community Box Project to benefit patrons of the Apalachin Food Pantry, supported local food drives, and much more.

As part of the goal of Nathan's Butterflies to not only spread kindness, but encourage others to commit - their own kind deeds, they have a Facebook page where people paying it forward share their own acts of kind- ness.

"The kindness inspired and spread (-by Nathan's Butterflies have spread across the country and even across the globe," said Senator Akshar in a re- cent press release. "If more people thought like Ben, the world would be a much better place” To see Ben receive his Akshar All-Star Recognition, go to

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Local food pantry receives funds from Nathan's Butterflies

Nathan's Butterflies was able to help the local food pantry with funds.

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Ben delivering supplies to local school

One of the several kindness projects it supplies schools with needed supplies.

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