Holt birthday girl seeks donations for seniors, not presents

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

 Local businesses, churches and organizations posted project fliers to aid the effort. First Baptist Church of Holt and Innerlight Surf and Skate locations in Fort Walton Beach and Destin set up donation drop boxes.

Area residents have donated about $600, which the mother-daughter duo will use to buy gift-bag items, Railey said. But donations — which far surpass the number of presents most 12-year-old girls receive — haven’t met this year’s goal.

"I think we are almost there, but not quite there yet," Railey said.

She has a plan if donations exceed expectations.

"Whatever we have left over, we will box up and donate them to other nursing homes in the area," she said.

"She's a great girl, very selfless," Patti Snow, Carrington Manor’s administrator, said.

Railey doesn’t just talk the talk; she walks the walk, meeting personally with dependent seniors, getting to know them.

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