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Birthday boys donate their presents to Toys For Tots Dec. 7

By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Arlington Times Reporter
December 6, 2013 · 4:24 PM
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ARLINGTON — On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., Hubb’s Pizza will be hosting a birthday party whose birthday boys are asking their guests to give presents not to them, but to other children, whose needs are greater than their own.

Emily Countryman’s two oldest boys — Landon, who’s turning 8 years old, and Payton, who just recently turned 5 — are celebrating their birthday together, but members of the community are invited to join them, if only long enough to drop off some gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

“Since it’s so close to Christmas, I think it’s great that they’re encouraging others to donate to this cause,” Countryman said. “We actually got the idea for this from the fact that the kids have their birthdays so close to Christmas. Especially with a split family, we have so many people who want to give to them, so they thought it would be fun to donate everything to Toys For Tots, after we explained to them about children who are less fortunate.”

Countryman noted that the brothers’ older sister did the same thing for her own 7th birthday party.

“They’re looking for new and unwrapped toys, games and stuffed animals,” Countryman said. “Toys For Tots should be there, hopefully with a Marine, to pick up the donations.”

Countryman expects the party will draw about 40 guests who know or are part of the family, and that the party will last a couple of hours. For more information, call her at 425-422-9787.

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