Little girl with big heart trades party for compassion

5:00 am | July 28, 2013

When Lela Byrd celebrated her 5th birthday, her wish list for her party was unusual, asking for no presents for herself.Photo by Brandon Hicks

Instead, Lela asked her friends to bring backpacks filled with school supplies for other students whose families aren’t able to afford school supplies to start the new school year.

“I wanted to help the other children,” Lela said. “Because their mommy and daddy doesn’t have the supplies or the money to do supplies.”

Through the party, Lela collected six backpacks and many glue sticks, scissors, pencils, crayons, rulers, paper, colored pencils, markers, pencil boxes and other school supplies.Photo by Brandon Hicks

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