Rhinebeck, N.Y. – Jordan Corvin’s goal is to “make people happy,” he said during a visit to Northern Dutchess Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 11. Nine years ago, after he spent the holidays hospitalized, he founded Jordan’s Wish charity. Each year since, the 14-year-old Saugerties boy has handed out holiday care packages to patients to give them something to do and spread some cheer.
This year’s goodie bags contained handmade foam bookmarks, playing cards and an origami craft. He also supplied the emergency room with coloring supplies and stickers for pediatric patients. And, he gifted hats that he knitted with his grandmother, Adele Corvin, to the Neugarten Family Birth Center.
Jordan and his younger brother, Tyler, were born at Northern Dutchess Hospital, and both have been in and out of hospitals, due to several rare genetic disorders, said their mother, April Corvin. Jordan suffers from a painful connective tissue disease, among other health issues, she said.
“It takes a lot of courage to do what he did, and it gives him self-esteem, which I think is important,” said Nancy Porter of Germantown, who was the first patient to receive a present from Jordan on Thursday. “I think it’s sweet.”