Little Girl Chooses Giving Back Over Birthday Gifts

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GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio-- A community foodbank that was devastated by a fire gets an unexpected gift from a young girl celebrating her birthday.

On March 22, a huge blaze devoured historic downtown Garrettsville and many of the 19th century buildings.

At least 13 businesses were affected including the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard Foodbank.

“We lost everything in the fire,” said Joe Leonard, who founded the foodbank a few years ago.

When 12-year-old Ciara Koach from Kent heard about the situation she decided to help out.

Each year on her birthday Ciara asks for donations instead of presents. This year she collected $550, mostly from her church, Overtaken Ministries.

"I felt bad because they were feeding like 6-8 families a day - so I just wanted to help them - so they didn't have to go too far to find food bank,” said Ciara.

Tuesday night, Ciara and her parents brought food and other items to the foodbank's temporary new pantry.

Leonard was extremely grateful and said Ciara went above and beyond with her efforts.

Ciara’s father Jeremy Koach proudly said, “It still blows me away. You're a kid. Why don't you want a gift, you know? It's fun to get gifts, but this is more fun for her to help.”

Ciara hopes others will follow her lead. A fund is being established to help all of the businesses rebuild.

Ciara said, “Makes me feel like a good person like I'm doing the right thing.”

Read more on Garrettsville, HERE.

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