Maddy Sporl of Colleyville turned 13 years old this year. But she didn’t have a birthday party like most children. Each year, in lieu of presents, Maddy asks for friends attending her birthday party to bring items or money to benefit local organizations such as GRACE.

She has done this previously for the Food Pantry, and this year she chose the Christmas Cottage.

We were pleasantly surprised this week by a generous contribution from Maddy that included new, unwrapped gifts, cash, checks, and gift cards in plenty of time before the Christmas Cottage Open House.

“Giving back” to celebrate her birthday…what an impressive 13-year-old!