Group hoping to help a need for Nicholas

A tragic accident is bringing the community together. On March 29, four-year-old Nicholas Robinson was run over by a riding lawnmower causing serious injuries to his hands. After 14 hours of surgery, Nicolas lost most of his left hand, his right index finger, and mobility in his left arm. More surgeries and procedures are still needed. In order to support the family and help with costly medical bills, friends and neighbors are banding together to organize A Need for Nicholas which will be held this weekend. Craig Cartwright, one of the volunteer committee members organizing the fundraiser has worked with local businesses receiving items, gift certificates, and services for Saturday’s auction. He and others have put in 40 hours a week preparing for the event, but says the work is pleasant and people are willing to pitch in. “The most rewarding part has been to see that attitude of community and their willingness to help,” Cartwright says. “Most of the businesses we’ve gone to have not been concerned with getting credit or advertisement out of this or marketing their biggest concern is, ‘How is the young boy and what can we do to help?’” Cartwright plays just a small part in the preparation for the fundraiser. The Need for Nicholas committee consists of 40 volunteers who have given their time to organize the bake sale, community yard and craft sale, silent auction, and raffle that the event consists of. Along with the elbow grease, a significant amount of emotional investment has gone into the event. “Everyone on the board has their own story. One man from Amalga found us who had a friend whose son lost his foot in a lawn mower accident,” he explains. “We had another lady lose a son at a young age in a tragic accident,” he continued, “who saved all belongings and toys and didn’t feel good about giving them away but decided this would be a worthy cause as a token remembrance of her son and her loss.” Held at Elk Ridge Park in North Logan, The Need for Nicholas event will begin at 8 am Saturday and end 4 pm. Cartwright has seen the most support with the silent auction and raffle. “I’m getting calls from non-business people who want to give,” he says. “We have a couple of people who want to give some air plane rides over the valley that have a pretty good value, and people who want to offer services like tax prep and massage therapy.” Valley businesses, too, have been generous donors with such items as home theater systems and furniture, not to mention the countless gift certificates and services given. Cartwright feels the event’s success will hinge on how relateable Nicholas’ situation is. “This sad story of the little boy losing most of his hand, it affects people because they can all relate to having a little boy themselves or being a grandparent,” he says. “They all have lawnmowers. You can relate to how fast an accident like this can happen.” If all goes well on Saturday, the committee is hopeful they’ll raise $30,000 in proceeds, all going to the Robinson family. No matter the outcome, Cartwright feels they have already done something positive. “Just to see everyone come together and support the effort, that’s the most rewarding part.” For more information about the event for Nicholas, or to help the family, visit

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