Girl shares Christmas spirit

Published 5:57 pm Monday, December 5, 2011

TEN-YEAR-OLD Piper Harrell and her mother, Desiree Harrell, present Bainbridge High School Air Force junior ROTC Toys for Tots project chairman Riley Cutchin, and project member Paxton Varnum, with toys she received at her birthday party.

Ten-year-old Piper Harrell kept a five-year holiday tradition alive this past Friday afternoon, when she and her mother Desiree Harrell delivered 118 toys to the Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC classroom.

Piper, who is 10 years old, has been bringing all the toys she receives at her annual Nov. 19 birthday party to the ROTC cadets. The cadets then make sure they get to local needy children through the Salvation Army’s “Toys for Tots” program.

Piper began donating her birthday toys to Toys for Tots, when she was five, During the past five years, she has brought more than 400 toys.

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Also this year, she has raised more than $450 for toy purchases, by selling holiday “candy grams” at John Johnson Elementary School, where she is in Christy Cox’s fourth-grade class.

On hand to receive the toys in the ROTC classroom were Cadet Riley Cutchin, the Toys for Tots project officer, and Cadet Paxton Varnum. Cadet Dexter Lagace is also working with the Toys for Tots project.