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Four Years Old and Giving Away His Wealth

Ocean City's Sammy Adams makes a donation to the Ocean City firefighters union to help rebuild a local playground.

A young boy's fascination with fire trucks and his parents' concern about holiday excess led to a generous donation to the local firefighters' union on Saturday.

Sammy Adams, 4, turned over cash and matching checks to help the firefighters in their effort to restore the playground at 29th Street in Ocean City.

Sammy's father, Pete Adams, an Ocean City real estate professional, said that even though Sammy is young, he and his wife, Tayler, wanted to begin to teach him about giving back to the community.

Adams said that Christmas saw a scene many parents of young children are familiar with: too many gifts from well-meaning friends and family for a child to truly appreciate.

"It was nuts," Adams said.

So for Sammy's fourth birthday party on March 11, the Adamses asked guests to make a donation in lieu of presents.

"For the playground," Sammy said on Saturday.

Ocean City Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association Local 27 is working with the Ocean City shops Old Salt and Sting Ray and the statewide firefighters union to bring the Sandy Ground Project to Ocean City. The project focuses on rebuilding playgrounds that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, while tying in a tribute to the teachers and children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Because young Sammy has been obsessed with firemen and fire equipment for more than a year now, the project seemed like a natural for the birthday donation, according to Adams. He and his wife made a matching contribution to all the money donated for Sammy's birthday.

On Saturday, Sammy donned his favorite firefighters gear and took a tour of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue, rattling off the names of the various trucks and much of the equipment they carry.

He capped off the tour by helping his dad make the donation to the playground project.

peter adams April 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Doug, we also would like to give a huge thank you the all of Sam's friends and family who were generous enough to give the donations for the good causes Sam choose to contribute to. Sam will also be making a second donation to Cape May Zoo next month. Thanks again Pete
Stan duzy April 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Pete and Tayler, great job of parenting. You can never start early enough to teach a child the meaning of "sharing and helping others"!
Colleen Schroeder April 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM
An amazing inspiration!
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM
OC taxpayers don't like unions because Fox News told them.....Unions....Bad. They do like it when you take their old, sick butt to Shore Memorial Hospital. Things even out.
Kenneth Fowser April 21, 2013 at 01:16 PM
That's a great example to set for all of us. Giving back to a place that has given so much to us. Ocean City is very special in the way it brings families together from all over the country. I remember taking my son to the playgrounds at 52nd street 34th street and I took movies and pictures that I will always cherish. Making memories with are children are a gift that will last a lifetime. Way to go Pete. You are a great role model. Seas the Day!
Mary Jo/Danny Dorries April 21, 2013 at 01:34 PM
The world is a better place because of people like you. You do the nicest things in just the nicest way. So proud to have you as niece, nephew in law and the sweet great nephew/niece. Love you guys!
Kevin Redmond April 21, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Sammy, Pete, Tayler...great story and great opportunity top teach us all what is really important in life! A strong community requires everyone to give back in some way or another.
Oceancity Resident April 21, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Are you insane? Odd response to this story.
Ellen April 21, 2013 at 02:22 PM
If you had a point it was sorely missed by this reader.
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 02:41 PM
At least they are not dry in their responses. Who names their daughters Ellen anymore? Oh well, if I knew anything, I'd probably be with people, and not on the internet, There is a ying and a yang to everythang........I think Jay Gillian said that.
Donna April 21, 2013 at 02:43 PM
What an adorable little boy Sammy is. What great parents he has who are instilling such great beliefs at such a young age. I love to see that OC is alive and thriving again. And the children living or visiting OC, will have a playground to enjoy. Thanks to the firefighters having this cause for OC playgrounds. :)
ariel April 21, 2013 at 03:02 PM
OC Resident & Ellen, u took the bait frm OCRaider - the negative ninnies of Patch r best ignored & left to crawl back under their rocks. lets focus on the subject of the story - a young family doing good in their community & their ADORABLE son having "his day in the spotlight" (the 1st of many i hope). Thank You Sammy! U made my day :-)
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 03:11 PM
If you see a FedEx Van on Prospect Place, just let it go. That whole company is a bunch of GD rats. Rand Paul for President. At least the 8% unemployed won't have to pass a drug test. Progess!
oclocal1 April 21, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Great story finally after all the political crap to see A young child and his parents giving back! We all loved A play ground as a child! We could play for hours and hours! And ocraiders shut your face I know who you are
Betty April 21, 2013 at 06:50 PM
What a happy story that is posted. If everyone expected a little less and gave a little like this family...wouldn't we all live in a much better world!!
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Who am I? You get three guesses and the first two don't count!
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
take my hand, were make it I swear, Whooaa, living on a prayer...
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Its not as if white people are innately evil, well yes it is, white people by birth are kind of evil. If they had all the money in the world, and lived overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with a Mercedes SUV in the driveway, they would still be unhappy because Mitt Romney got his clock cleaned and they can't find Glenn Beck on the AM dial..
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM
And white people never fully embraced Mitt Romney, even if he was the whitest man on the planet, and Paul Ryan was the second whitest person on the planet, because Mitt believed some sort of updated view on Jesus or some stuff like that,
ocraiders April 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM
White people get a boner, a small one, but even so, when some sort of numbers add up the right way.
Damon Bready April 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Way to go Sam...Pete since you and Taylor instill great values on your children we have an opening on the Board of Realtors Fundraising committee. Ocraiders should change his name, what a disgrace to the school.
Dean April 22, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Doug, What a excellent story! Its always a pleasure reading good news and inspiring articles. Pete, Tayler and most of all Sammy, kudos to you for setting such a fine example for other children and parents!

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