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Littlest Christmas angel collects Toys for Tots

December 24, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Editor's note: This is the last installment of a 12-part series in which The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others.

Name: Shelby Horman


Home: Smithsburg

Occupation: Kindergarten student

What do you do to make Christmas brighter? Shelby asked guests invited to her 6th birthday party for unwrapped toys that she could donate to Toys for Tots.

Shelby's birthday party was at the 4 Star Athletic Complex in Williamsport and was "really fun," she said.

Why do you do it? "I wanted to give them to friends that didn't have any toys 'cause they had a house blew down," Shelby said.


Shelby heard about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and wanted to help the children who lost everything, said her mother, Becky Horman.

"They had a bad storm. It was in Mississippi," Shelby said.

Shelby said she thinks she would feel "sad" if she lost her toys.

Although hearing about Hurricane Katrina's victims gave Shelby the idea to donate her birthday presents to others, it was not feasible to send toys to the Gulf Coast, Becky Horman said. The toys will be donated to Toys for Tots locally, she said.

How can others help? Toys for Tots drop-off points are at Wal-Mart at the Centre at Hagerstown, Toys R Us on Valley Mall Road, Long & Foster Realtors on Dual Highway, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on Dual Highway, and Williamsport Moose at 119 Conococheague St. in Williamsport. In addition, those wishing to donate may call Wayne Gross at 301-797-0463.

Comment: Shelby is glad she could help. "I'm feeling a little bit happy because they were wanting to bring those (toys)," she said.

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