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Vandalia girl chooses to give rather than receive

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:41 am

A variety of items collected for the Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch at a 10th birthday party for Halynna Yager.

When most 10 year old girls celebrate their first birthday in what some call “double digits,” they usually enjoy an array of gifts celebrating a big turning point in their lives.
On Saturday, May 5 Halynna Yager, of Vandalia, enjoyed turning 10 not by receiving but through giving. All invitees to her big party at the First Christian Church in Vandalia were asked to bring donations for Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch. She encouraged those attending to bring items on a list that included cleaning products, first aide supplies, food products, linens, paper products, and personal products.
“I just thought I had everything I need, why not help out the poor?,” Yager said. “I already have things, why do I need any more?”
A large display of items were collected and given to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch representatives who attended her birthday party. On Sunday, May 6 at church, more items were collected and later sent to the Ranch. Yager officially turned 10 on May 3.

Halynna Yager

Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch
Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, located in Shelbina, is a safe haven for abused and neglected children. According to the website, the Ranch opened in 1977 by Don McCain and Stan Way to minister to the needs in the Clarence, Mo. area. There are currently four homes with an onsite Christian School in Kahoka, Mo.