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No gifts, please: Local girl asked guests to donate to Toys for Tots

November 30, 2011

Taegan Ludwig stands behind all the gifts that were donated to Toys for Tots by her guests at her 10th birthday party. The deadline to donate items for Toys for Tots is Dec. 9. (Photo by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Taegan Ludwig had all the traditional birthday party favors: Cake, multiple guests, a DJ and gifts.

There was one big difference though: The gifts weren’t for Taegan.
For Taegan’s 10th birthday party, held Nov. 19, she asked her 40-some guests that instead of giving her gifts, they donate the gifts they had brought to Toys for Tots.

She said she felt “greedy” receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.

“Instead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,” she said.

There were 36 gifts in total, such as Nerf guns, game boards, Leap pads, Barbies, teddy bears, books and more, collected in the John Peterson Room at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

Ludwig thanks her party guests for all their generous donations.
Anyone can still donate to Toys for Tots until Dec. 9 at the following locations:

PUNXSUTAWNEY
Femco Machine Inc. (main drop-off site in the county); Jefferson County Housing Authority; Dollar General; Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

Punxsy Senior Center; Punxsutawney Eagles; Playhouse Children’s Center; County Market; First Commonwealth Bank; Wal-Mart.
The Punxsutawney Spirit; Advance Auto Parts; Rumors; American Legion.
 
REYNOLDSVILLE
The Foundry, Dollar Store.
 
BROCKWAY
The Brockwayville Depot, Dollar General.
 
SYKESVILLE
Northwest Savings Bank, Sykesville Eagles, American Legion.
 
BROOKVILLE 
Ace Hardware; Brookville Chevrolet; Buffs Ice Cream; Christian Book Store; Dollar General; DZ Kids (Nicole); Family Dollar (Beth).
Forest Way; Fox’s Pizza; Jefferson Manor; Kelly Chrysler; Brookville Eagles; Matson Insurance (Becky); McCabe’s; Means & Lauf.

Miller Welding; Plyler’s (Mindy); Mike’s Comet (Jeff); Brookville YMCA (Tina); Rebecca M. Arthurs Library; Heritage House.

Registration for participation for this year is complete, but those who wish to participate can still register by calling Community Action Inc., 814-938-3302, ext. 236.

FEMCO is the official drop-off location. However, Community Action Inc. is the local coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

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