Local teen collects donations

Service is in the air for many during the holidays and for local teen Brooke River, the last several Christmas holidays have meant giving back to youth in need. River, from Montgomery County along with her mother and father’s help, have collected gifts from donors in the Central Missouri area to help make Chrismas extra special for Missouri Girls Town Youth. Beginning in November, Brooke reached out to Missouri Girls Town for Christmas lists of 22 youth residents. PICTURED are the gifts collected from generous donors purely from the solicitation and relentless work of this teen on Facebook. She listed the items and cheered on the community to meet this local need. The gifts were delivered the week of Christmas and unloaded from a trailer full of individualized bags for specific girls. Children are referred to Missouri Girls Town from Children’s Division and some of the residents had their very first “real” Christmas on campus surrounded by peers and staff. The work of this “Honorary Elf” is appreciated more that she may every know. We sincerely appreciate you for all of your tireless work.