Lubbock girl gives up birthday presents to help needy

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 10/06/2013 9:44 pm

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A normal ten-year-old wants a lot of gifts, toys and clothes for her birthday. But, Alyssa Tuttle is not a normal ten year old. Her party did have all the ingredients for a typical party.

"Two jumpers, you could play like basketball, we have soccer balls," Tuttle said.

"Carnival games, bean bag toss, we've got face painting going on," Tuttle's grandmother Julie Polk said.

But it was not just a normal party. It was a very special 10th birthday celebration.

"Just mostly a day for the kids to have fun, but Alyssa's still getting her birthday wish, making it come true," Polk said.

"I'll have a lot of other birthdays in my lifetime, and I can give up one birthday to help other people," Tuttle said.

Instead of asking for presents, like a normal ten-year-old, Alyssa asked for her guests to bring shoes to donate to the needy.

"Because people who don't have any shoes, and walk around barefoot really need shoes," Tuttle said.

"Kids here locally, they probably have shoes, but they may not have the best shoes," Polk said. "Every kid needs a good pair of shoes. They see all of their friends wearing shoes, and everybody deserves that. They're just children."

Alyssa calls the event "Stir My Sole".

"With the economy the way it is, with Christmas coming up, they're going to be needing things," Polk said. "There's so many nice people in the world. If you just, maybe ask, people just get on board. It's amazing the work that people can get together and do, and what you can accomplish as a team."

A ten-year-old with kindness way beyond her years. She is selfless, with a heart full of giving.

"Most kids don't really... they just really like getting gifts. I just really like to help. I want to help people," Tuttle said.

"She's just setting a good example for other children, I think," Polk said. "If she helps one child learn that it's about giving, not always receiving."

Today, Alyssa received the best gift of all: the gift of helping the people who need it most.

Even though the party is over, Alyssa is still accepting shoes.
If you would like to donate, they would love the extra help. Call Julie Polk at (806)-781-7200, and she will come pick up the shoes from you.
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