Nine-year-old Collects Presents For Local Children On Her Birthday

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In lieu of receiving gifts, Claire Pearce collected gifts and donated them to low-income children.

I couldn’t wait to give the little kids their presents. They were so excited, and I had a lot of fun playing with them. They are so cute!

For her recent birthday party, nine-year old Claire Pearce of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., made an unusual request. Instead of gifts for herself she asked her friends to bring gifts for Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) Early Head Start children.

Early Head Start is a publically funded program for children from birth to age 3 targeted at increasing their development and readying them for school. Early Head Start is for families who meet federal income guidelines and is dedicated to helping parents fulfill their parental roles.

Pearce, the daughter of Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club member Laurie Marshall, collected five gift bags full of books, toys, blocks, puzzles, computerized toys and more for the children. Recently, Pearce and her mother went to the Lake Orion Early Head Start Program to present the children with the gifts. They spent an hour there with the children playing and helping them open their presents.

“I couldn’t wait to give the little kids their presents. They were so excited, and I had a lot of fun playing with them. They are so cute!” Pearce said after giving the children their new toys.

The Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club is a local civic group that creates and sponsors youth oriented programs. The Optimist’s Children’s Holiday Wish Program benefits local children, including those attending OLHSA’s Head Start program. Members also come to Head Start’s Pontiac campus and read stories to the children once a month.

When asked about her daughter’s generous actions, Laurie Marshall said, “I am very proud of her for deciding to do this. Claire always wants to help others and I am constantly amazed at her generosity.”

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency is a Community Action Agency committed to providing education and resources that help the low-income, elderly, and those with disabilities become self-sufficient. Ninety programs provided over 270,000 services in 2009. Helping people. Changing lives. http://www.olhsa.org

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Lindsey Grosso
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