Prince Albert youngsters choose giving over getting

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Siblings Ashton and Keira McDougall present Prince Albert Salvation Army manager Maryanne Carter with two large bags of toys for children less privileged than themselves. 

Not every child sees a pile of toys in their bedroom and concludes, “I have enough,” but that’s exactly what youngsters Ashton McDougall, 6, and his sister Keira, 4 did.

 

“We had too way too much toys, so we wanted to give some away,” Keira concluded after helping drop off two large sacks of toys and a jar of money at the Salvation Army in downtown Prince Albert.

“Other kids don’t have many as other people,” Ashton said, reiterating his sister’s stance that they had plenty at home.

The idea was first put into their heads by their grandmother, Evelynne Richard, who put the call out the Daily Herald in order to help set a charitable example for others to follow.

Richard said that she can relate to the other end of charity, since she “used to get a hamper from the Salvation Army every year because we were poor.”

With the idea planted in Ashton and Keira’s heads, it was up to the siblings to select which toys they wanted to donate to those in greater need than themselves.

If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possession and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Jesus Christ, Matthew 19:21

Their charity ended up surprising their mother, Angela McDougall.

“They kept I think two toys the bedroom, and they chose all of those to give to other kids who don’t have them,” she said.

“It’s giving the Christmas spirit, and will hopefully inspire other people to have this giving mentality instead of just getting.”

Those in the charitable mood can find plenty of places to help out this holiday season, including the Salvation Army, the Christmas Day Community Dinner and the Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank.

The Salvation Army can be contacted at 763-6078, the Christmas Day Community Dinner organizers can be contacted at 922-3071, and the food bank can be contacted at 763-5040. 

Organizations: The Salvation Army, Prince Albert, Daily Herald Meal Food Bank

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