Giving starts young in B'ville

McNamara Elementary School student Ashley Weaver knows receiving presents isn't everything -- giving them is.

The third grader, who will turn 9 on Dec. 17, decided this year she didn't want to have a birthday party in the traditional sense. Instead, Weaver is planning a unique party where the birthday girl doesn't keep the presents. Instead, she will donate any gifts she receives from friends to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

Deciding she was already blessed with plenty of toys, Weaver decided to invite friends over for a slumber party on Dec. 14 for night full of youthful fun. When the girls wake the next day, they will all take the gifts to the donation drop-off at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church on East Oneida Street in Baldwinsville.

"We can all take a lesson from Ashley," said Bonnie Kisselstein, a dedicated member of the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau.

Others interested in donating to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau can bring contributions of food, gifts and toys to the Word of Life Assembly of God Church from Dec. 1 to 17. The Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau is also in need of volunteers to work the donation desk. Anyone interested would be asked to work two-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Duties would include accepting and logging in donations and sorting and shelving donated items.

For more information or to volunteer, please call us at 638-0251.

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