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December 10, 2013

Putting others ahead of herself

Girl gives her birthday gifts to needy children


“Kids also hear about the Toys for Tots program, so it’s something Bridget has been aware of,” Sheila Torrisi said.

In all, Bridget set aside 19 birthday gifts from friends, ranging from popular children’s games such as Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Transformers Dragon Track, as well as arts and crafts supplies and other fun and educational gifts.

“It’s all the kinds of toys that kids want today,” Sheila Torrisi said.

She said she and her husband, Mark Torrisi, set the gifts aside and waited for the holiday season to arrive so they could find out where Toys for Tots drop boxes would be located.

She said that in appreciation, Bridget signed thank-you cards she is sending to her friends.

“For her birthday next year, Bridget wants to ask her friends to bring money to donate to people in need,” Sheila Torrisi said.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December of each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. More information about the program is available online at www.toysfortots.org.

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