By David Benson
Christmas is a time of giving, and few people take the concept more seriously than township residents Madison Kelly, 12, and her mother, Samantha.
Not long ago, the young girl surprised Middle Township police by dropping off a large cache of toys – gifts for area children in the police department’s annual toy drive.
“So, when you think you have seen everything when it comes to donations, we stop by the collection headquarters tonight and see this,” police wrote in a social media post to accompany a photo showing dozens of toys.
“A neatly stacked table full of toys that were donated by a special girl, Madison Kelly.”
Samantha Kelly said that it was her daughter’s idea to give the toys to the police to distribute to area children, because the girl wants to make people happy, not just for the holidays, but year round.
“We went down the aisles in the store, and Madison pointed to the toys that she wanted to donate,” Samantha Kelly said. “She knows that we’re giving these to people that need them.”
Madison Kelly points to the toys, rather than pulling them from the shelves, because she has both cerebral palsy and cytomegalovirus – conditions that have limited her speech and movement.
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