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DC teen forgoes holiday presents, asks family to donate gifts to abused children

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Megan Chichester Megan Chichester
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14-year-old Megan Chichester had a novel idea for holiday gift giving this year. She told relatives she didn't want any presents this Christmas for herself and asked if they would instead donate gifts to young victims of abuse.

Chichester says her mother suggested Safe Shores, The DC Children's Advocacy Center, which Tuesday night held its annual gift wrapping party as part of its Christmas gift drive. A room full of eager volunteers turned out to help.

Chichester is a tenth grader at the Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker day school, which she said helped instill values that made her want to give back to the community.

Her parents are proud of her. Chichester's father, Mark, tells FOX 5, "It affirms the values we tried to instill in the kids and the values of the educational experiences that they've had."

Her 13-year-old brother, Mark, says he thinks what his sister is doing is nice. He says she's inspiring him to consider doing something similar next year.


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