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Siblings donate birthday money to Rockford Rescue Mission

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Try and remember the best gift you ever received as a child. It might have been a toy or a game.

For two Rockford siblings, they will always remember their favorite birthday present as the one they were able to give away.

Big sister Olivia and her brother Cameron celebrated their birthdays last month.

At ages 6 and 8, these siblings are quick to let you know how much they love Legos, roller blades, and star wars.

But instead of getting more of their favorites for their birthday, they decided to do some giving of their own.

"You don't need as much things and some people don't even have enough food to eat," says Olivia.  

'Mom' Charisse had mentioned to them how a friend's child donated their birthday money to charity.  "It's good to teach them that rather than get something, even though it's fun to receive, it's more fun to give," she says.  

The duo jumped on the idea.  They hosted a birthday party with 30 of their friends and asked for money instead of gifts

In total, Olivia and Cameron raised $350, they donated every cent of that to the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Olivia and Cameron's parents are happy their children are learning such important lessons so early in life.  "We're far from financially wealthy, but we are blessed in so many ways that they need to understand that all that we have is an abundance," says Erik, Olivia and Cameron's father.  

And it turns out, generosity is a gift that keeps on giving.  "Olivia did ask if she could donate her Christmas presents also," says Charisse.

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