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July 13, 2013

The gift of giving

WASHINGTON — Trevin Alford celebrated his seventh birthday on Wednesday and will have a party today.

His party will be like any for boys his age, complete with cake and ice cream, but there will be very few presents. In fact, the invitation to his party said “No presents.” Trevin doesn’t want any.

That may sound strange until one hears why. Trevin doesn’t want any presents because he has asked people to donate to his elementary school, Lena Dunn.

“Because I have lots of toys already,” Trevin said. “(I want to raise) money for my school so they could buy supplies for the kids that don’t have supplies.”

The idea for the donation drive came like any discussion a child would have with his parents. He talked with his parents, Carrie and David Alford, on what he wanted for his birthday. His favorite toys are craft items and he loves to color and draw. He is good on supplies and thought of a way to make his own impact on Lena Dunn, where he will be in the second grade this upcoming school year.

“At our babysitters, we saw (an activity) and it’s called ‘Make Your Mark,’” Trevin said. “I saw one that was instead of presents for their birthday it was cans of food.” “So when we started talking about this initially, we decided it would be like making his mark,” Carrie said.

Since putting “asking for no presents” and “asking for donations” on the invitation, Carrie said almost everyone who has received an invite has called.

“They said, ‘Really? Are you sure he’s going to be OK with not getting toys?’” Carrie said. “I told them this is completely him. He seems to be real excited about it and to give the money to his principal.”

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