Girl, 8, wishes to help others for birthday

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Leah Wiener’s parents always knew their daughter has a heart for others, but they were surprised by her idea for her eighth birthday party.

“She decided she did not want any gifts or any toys and that there were people out there that needed things,” said Leslie Wiener, Leah’s mom.

Leah’s invitations asked guests to bring gift cards for AdoptionLinks instead of presents for her.

“I do have a lot of toys and I did not need a lot more,” Leah said.

Leah’s birthday guests honored her request. She collected $255 in gift cards that she presented to AdoptionLinks/Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg.

“A lot of kids have big hearts for other kids, but I think it is a little unusual that at eight you know that other children do not have and you want to be able to give and fill that gap for them,” said Rachel Kuhr, director of AdoptionLinks/Jewish Family Service.

The gift cards will help foster children buy supplies so they can make life books.

“It is like a baby book except it tells their entire life story,” Kuhr said. “Sometimes it is really hard to track down information for children in foster care. They move from home to home, to family to family. Sometimes things are lost. It is our goal to try and gather as much information about that child as possible and put it in one place so that they can carry it with them when they go into their future, which we hope is with a permanent family.”

Leah says she hopes other children her age will think about helping others.

“It is just something inside me,” she said.

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