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For birthday, local child gives to others

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I am writing concerning my great-nephew Dylan Bedwell, who is 9 years old.
Dylan has always been a loving and giving child. Ever since he was one year old his parents started letting him pick an angel off the angel tree at Christmas to purchase a gift for a needy child. Any time they have a food drive at his school, Baywood Elementary, he is cleaning out the cabinets or asking to go to the store to buy items for the food drive.
For the Community Christmas Chest for needy families, Dylan helps to pack the food boxes for this event.
His birthday is coming up on Nov. 19, and he started talking to his mom back in the summer that he would like to do a Toys for Tots or food drive to help those in need instead of getting gifts for himself. His mom told him it was his birthday and he could do what he wanted to do — just give it some thought and decide.
After thinking about it, he decided he would like to do a food drive for a local homeless shelter, The Hope House, in our area.
He said, “Sure there are things I want, but there are people who need things more than I want what I want.”
Dylan’s party is at a local skating rink, Galax Rollerland, on Nov. 23 from 3-5 p.m. He is asking all those invited to bring non-perishable food, hygiene items or cleaning supplies instead of a gift for him so that he can donate these items to those in need.
I believe this is a wonderful example of a tremendous young man and how he cares so much for others.
Connie Paisley
Independence