Little Girl Gives Birthday Gifts Up for Navy Volunteers

Allysa Raynor recently had her 7th birthday party at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. She had been planning her nature-themed birthday for months, incorporating “green” recycled & re-purposed decorations and re-usable party supplies. And it was fun – the children participated in activities such as leaf stamping and creating art on recycled paper.

But the truly inspiring part of her party were the gifts – not for herself, but for others. Instead of accepting birthday gifts, this 7-year-old girl asked for guests to bring donations of fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix, and cold drinks for the 22 US Navy volunteers who were working in the park that same day. These gifts were delivered to the Navy volunteers by Phinizy Center staff. However, four of the sailors were able to stop in at the party to thank her.

At Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, we have the privilege of seeing many people give of themselves. And whether it’s the hard-working volunteers who keep the park clean and safe or the beautiful gifts of a child sacrificing to give to others, we want to say thank you to the many amazing people we encounter here. These people are making a difference for their community and for the future!

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