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Shown, from left, are Aurora Horne and her sister, Isabella, with some of the food donated by the guests at Aurora’s sixth birthday party. (Photo submitted)

Shown, from left, are Aurora Horne and her sister, Isabella, with some of the food donated by the guests at Aurora’s sixth birthday party. (Photo submitted)

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MAYFIELD — When Mayfield first-grader Aurora Horne recently turned 6 years old, she didn’t ask for the typical birthday presents.

She resisted the entitlement “gimmes” that such events can create.

Instead, she asked for food donations for the local food pantry, said her father, Evan Horne. She got the idea from her older sister, Isabella, who has been gathering birthday donations for the James Brennan animal shelter instead of gifts since her fifth birthday, he said.

Aurora’s friends donated to the cause and brought dozens of cans and boxes of nonperishable foods to her party, as well as monetary gifts.

All these donations are destined for Mayfield Presbyterian Church to be distributed to area families. Evan said he and his wife, Jennifer, were “delighted that their daughters have shown charity and generosity at such a young age.”

“We’ve always tried to instill a sense of community in our children, and part of that is a sense of service to your community,” said Evan Horne.

“Mayfield is a very giving and caring community. Aurora and Isabella definitely understand that this is part of where we live,” he said.

Aurora chose donations to the food pantry because she enjoys playing waitress and hostess with her play sets, and it seemed natural to her to feed people, her father said.

“I like helping people. It’s fun,” said Aurora.

“The girls feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when delivering the donations,” said Jennifer Horne. “This shows that even the smallest person can make a big difference in the lives of others.”

The Mayfield food pantry accepts donations. To contact the pantry, call (518) 661-6656.

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