Child donates birthday to St. Jude's - Montgomery Alabama news.

Child asks for donations instead of birthday presents

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Allyson Baldwin just turned ten years old, but instead of asking for gifts, she asked for donations.

About a year ago, Baldwin was at St. Jude Children's Hospital for an injured ankle.

While there, she said she wanted to do something for the children spending a lot of time at the hospital. She asked the hospital for a list of items it needed, like coloring books and crayons.

Instead of birthday presents, Baldwin asked all of her friends to donate those items.

Michelle Baldwin, Allyson's mother, said her daughter is inspiring other children to do the same.

"I think she empowers people every day. When she was telling people in our neighborhood about this, her little sister said right away she was going to donate her birthday party and a little girl down the street said she wants to donate hers to the food shelter," Michelle said. "The more she tells people what she did, I think other kids will catch on and want to do it too."

Allyson is hoping to collect enough items so that each child in St. Jude's right now will get something.  

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