Holt birthday girl seeks donations for seniors, not presents

Railey Conner

Railey Conner, 11, sorts through donations for her 12th Birthday Project. She seeks donations for nursing home residents in lieu of presents for her Dec. 15 birthday.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

HOLT — Many birthday boys and girls fixate on flashy gifts they’ll receive.

Railey Conner of Holt has a different perspective.

She’s rejecting gifts on Saturday, her 12th birthday, and requesting donations for senior citizens in nursing homes.  

"I think it would be better to donate than to receive gifts," she said.

Railey won’t miss the gifts, Angie Holland, her mother, said. 

"It's not a big deal to her like it is to the adults that find out that what she is doing," she said.

This marks the second year of Railey's Birthday Project. Last year, she donated gift bags to residents at Carrington Manor in Crestview. This year, Railey also will give gifts to residents at Safe and Secure Respite Care LLC in Crestview.  

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