A Touching Donation

Sometimes people are wise beyond their years, and 11-year-old Alexis is one of them. Through the kindness of her heart, Alexis knew that instead of reaping the rewards of turning 11, she wanted to touch the lives of other, less fortunate children.

Instead of the usual presents from friends and relatives, Alexis instead asked people celebrating her 11th birthday to bring $11 to donate to the Polinsky Children's Center instead of a gift for her.

Alexis then met with Polinsky Center Director Cathi Palatella to present her with the $175 she collected and a letter explaining her donation.

The letter reads in part, "Thank you for making me appreciate what I have, and how I'm lucky. Thank you for giving me the chance to help someone in need. Your friend, Alexis."