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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local youth is once again looking to give back to the community by raising funds for the 18th annual Salvation Army Toy Drive.

Sarah Byford is making “feel good” candy bags to sell at the event to spread kindness by raising money to buy toys for the drive.

The 10-year-old began making candy bags after experiencing issues with her classmates at school. Her goal was to spread kindness at school and connect with her classmates by giving away the free candy bags.

Afterwards, she decided she wanted to continue making the candy bags.

“We were talking, and she said, well, I don’t think I’m done. She had so much fun making them,” said Sarah’s mom, Amy Byford.

Sarah and Amy connected with NEAT’s Meals on Wheels program and will be making 40 kindness bags for the seniors next week.

“[Sarah] said she wanted to do it for people who couldn’t drive and that are stuck at home,” said Amy.

Still, Sarah told her mom she wasn’t finished.

“She wanted to go farther. She told me to tell everyone to keep going because she said this town just needs kindness,” Amy said.

From there, the Byford’s connected with Shelley Gallinger, the owner of the FSJ Home Hardware, and they decided to team up and sell candy bags at the Toy Drive.

“I just think it’s amazing that such a young child is so community-minded, looking for things to do in the community,” Gallinger said.

Sarah will be selling the bags for five dollars each at the Toy Drive on December 11th.

She will be continuing to fundraise for the community by participating in the Ronald McDonald House’s Light up the House.



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