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Giving up a gift to help a child affected by Sandy

A 12-year-old girl from Alabama has given up

A 12-year-old girl from Alabama has given up a requested Wii game to a child affected by superstorm Sandy. (Credit: Handout)

The holiday season tends to bring out goodwill in most of us. Here’s one way kids can spread some holiday cheer and bring the gift of joy to their peers affected by superstorm Sandy.

Family-to-Family’s “Empathy Campaign,” which encourages giving by kids for kids, is asking children to help by giving up “one of their expected holiday gifts so that another child can receive one.”

Pam Koner, founder and board president of Family-to-Family, a nonprofit national hunger relief group, detailed how the campaign works in a news release.

Step 1: Talk to kids about giving up one special gift they asked for and were likely to get this holiday season.

Step 2: Make a targeted donation to Family-to-Family for the approximate amount that gift would have cost, and Family-to-Family will shop for and send a toy to one of their designated locations affected by Sandy. Or, purchase and send a gift on your own.

Step 3: Take a photo of the gift and email it to Family-to-Family to share on their website.

Step 4: With the donated toys, Family-to-Family will host a festive party for parents to come and “shop” (no funds needed) for a present for their kids.

Gifts can be about $20, more or less, according to the group. Recommended gifts include puzzles, Legos, books, dolls, figures, blocks and art kits.

The deadline is Dec. 18. To donate and for information on shipping locations, visit www.family-to-family.org/emergency-needs/give-it-up-for-sandys-kids/ or email toys4sandyskids@family-to-family.org

Above, A 12-year-old girl from Alabama has given up a requested Wii game to a child affected by superstorm Sandy.

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