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Published:December 29th, 2010 12:42 EST
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Alexis Lilley,10, Empties Piggy Bank To Buy Clothes For Boy And Toys For His Cat

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Texas girl who read about a 10-year-old and his needy family in the newspaper says she decided to empty her piggy bank to buy clothes for the other child.

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Alexis Lilley, a fifth-grader at St. Andrew`s Episcopal School, said she read about fellow 10-year-old Richmond Kennedy, brother Senecca, 18, and mom, Stacey Kennedy, 47, in an Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring profile and her mother, Natasha Davison, said the girl immediately wanted to help, the American-Statesman reported Tuesday.

Lilley took the $85 from her piggy bank and, with a matching donation from her mother, bought clothes for Richmond Kennedy at Target. They also bought him toys for his new cat."

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When most of us read about families in need we say "There but for the grace of God go I", and then we go to the mall to buy things we don`t need with money that we don`t have.

But Little Alexis was touched by the needy family she read about in the newspaper, and she immediately decided to empty her piggy bank to by clothes for the 10-year-old boy and toys for his cat.

Alexis is an example for children and adults -- she has an inquisitive mind and a generous heart. I am so thrilled to know that there are still children who read the newspaper, even many adults no longer subscribe to their hometown newspaper.

How many of us would empty our savings account or at least pull out a few dollars from our wallet to help folks in need? I have been inspired by Alexis, and my New Year`s resolution will be to do more for the needy in 2011.

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