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5-year-old girl's toy drive helps benefit families affected by Superstorm Sandy

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BALTIMORE -

For children made homeless by Superstorm Sandy, Christmas will be a bit merrier and brighter thanks to a five-year-old girl from Baltimore.

Sadira "Sadie" Mirjafary came up with an idea to collect toys for victims of the storm - and it's gone viral thanks to social media.

"When we first started this, I truly thought we'd get a trunk full and maybe a hundred bucks," says Sadie's mother, Nasrene Mirjafary.

Now, their basement is stacked floor to ceiling with new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages thanks to a Facebook event site and word of mouth.

"We open the boxes up and bring it all down here," says Sadie while sitting in her basement. "I don't get to keep all of them. These are not my toys. These are for kids who don't have houses any more."

They are for the untold number of families in New York and New Jersey whose lives are filled with heartache and uncertainty this Christmas.

"Everyone has been saying thank you for giving us the opportunity to give," Nasrene says.

Josh from New York wrote: "Here are some toys I got for my birthday that I thought other kids could use more. Thanks for having a great idea."

Sadie's toys will be trucked to a church in Point Pleasant, N.J., with other gifts being collected by her school, St. Casimir's Catholic School in Baltimore.

"These parents are raising wonderful, wonderful children and we see it in our school all the time," says principal Noreen Heffner.

What does she say about the project inspired by Sadie in pre-kindergarten at St. Casimir's?

"Amazing," says Heffner. "Absolutely amazing because at that age, they have trouble sharing their toys in the classroom, out on the playground. So for her to be able to think like that at such a young age is amazing."

Summing up her work this holiday season, the charming little girl says: "I'm not Santa Claus. I'm Sadie Claus!"

With a heart full of gold.

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Sadira's Toy Drive to benefit families affected by Hurricane Sandy


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