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Ten Year Old El Paso Girl Gives Up Birthday Gifts, Asks for Blankets for Elderly and Homeless Instead

Submitted by Michelle Barron

A selfless act by a 10-year-old El Paso girl is going to keep many people warm during the cold days and nights to come. Maya Avalos celebrated her recent birthday with a pizza party, but without the usual 10 year old girl birthday gifts. Instead, she asked guests for a new or gently used blanket so she could help the less fortunate keep warm.

Maya said in a television interview she made the decision after noticing her grandparents were always cold,  “and I didn’t want to think about the elderly or homeless people cold outside.” Her moms says she’s collected about 100 blankets so far and hopes to collect more.

If you’d like to help Maya’s cause, email her mother, Michelle Barron, at mbarron1@episd.org

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