The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 22, 2012

Giving Spirits: Youngsters show charity through donation to local organizations

PALESTINE — The Christmas season for many is a time for charity — of giving of oneself to help others in need. And in the case of three local youngsters, the holiday spirit certainly knows no age.

These three children — a 4-year-old boy from Palestine and two 11-year-old girls from Palestine and Elkhart — each seem to have a gift of charity and are sharing that gift with others this year.

Giving Hope

Just as many other children her age, Elkhart fifth grader Hope Benton has been earning some funds by doing chores around the house. But for the last four months she has been putting that hard-earned money to something beside herself.

Instead of buying things for herself, she purchased over 75 toys to donate to local children this Christmas.

Hope took those toys to the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living this week for donation to the Anderson County Rainbow Room, an emergency resource center available to CPS caseworkers to help them meet the needs of abused and neglected children.

“I wanted to make the kids happy that don’t have a lot and don’t get a lot of stuff,” Hope said. “It feels good. I feel happy.”

Hope’s parents, James Benton and Brian and Misty Bell, all reported being very proud of Hope, stating that this kind of action was not unusual for the young lady.

“She has a wonderful heart, has always been giving little gifts to people,” mom Misty said. “It is a true calling in her life.”

“We are very proud of her.”

Joe Coleman of the Anderson County Child Welfare Board, was on hand Tuesday to accept Hope’s donation to the Rainbow Room. Her donation will be distributed to 76 local children.

“I am so overwhelmed, in awe, just humbled,” Coleman said. “It is amazing to me  —  and that she has always done it, that is so amazing.”

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