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Nina Kalouris, Poland Middle School Student
A Poland girl had a very specific request for her 12th birthday: no gifts. Instead, Nina Kalouris wanted to help others for her birthday, and asked for donations to buy gift cards. “I didn’t really need anything, so I decided to give money and gift cards to other people in need,” she said. Kalouris is amazed at how many donations she received, and a family member doubled the amount Kalouris received. All together, donations totaled $650. Gift cards to grocery stores have been purchased with the money, and will be given to families in need at McKinley Elementary School and Poland Middle School. “I wanted to help someone and it made me feel better that I helped someone instead of giving me something that I really don’t need or use,” said Kalouris. “So someone will be happy because I’m already happy with what I have.