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D'Iberville teen gives up Christmas, donates gifts to family in need

Peyton says her favorite part of Christmas is giving to others. (Photo source: WLOX News) Peyton says her favorite part of Christmas is giving to others. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Instead of asking for presents this year, a D'Iberville High School student decided to use her money to give back to others.

Peyton Lyon heard the Christmas wishes of two young girls at Woolmarket Elementary School, where she played Santa Claus on Wednesday morning. Peyton is gearing up to go on a shopping spree to buy the two girls $500.00 worth of gifts.

"That's my favorite part of Christmas, giving others gifts," said Peyton.

It all started in November when Peyton's mom, Kim Fournier, asked Peyton what she wanted for Christmas. Her response caught Fournier completely off guard.

"She said she would like to donate it to someone else, or children who aren't able to have Christmas. So I just had to turn my head while I was driving and tear up," said Fournier.

Fournier contacted Woolmarket Elementary, which connected Peyton to sisters Cassie and Jessie Brightman, and their 3-month-old baby brother, Allen.

"I see it all the time, but it's never really happened to me. So when it did, I was really shocked and really happy that somebody would do that for us," said 12-year-old Cassie Brightman.

What the girls asked for truly touched Peyton's heart.

"It really puts it into perspective. A lot of kids their age, they want XBox games or the actual Playstation 4. They wanted stuff you can get from the Dollar Store. I think the youngest one wanted socks," said Peyton. "I wanted to help someone that wasn't as fortunate as us, because it's just sad that kids have to grow up with that."

Peyton says the gift she's receiving is being able to share her blessings with others who are less fortunate.

"It is a really good feeling. It makes you happy how you can help someone else. I'm not really bothered that I'm not getting a bunch for Christmas," said Peyton.

Peyton's generosity has inspired others to give. Employees at her mom's workplace donated $500.00 to purchase gifts for 11 other students at Woolmarket Elementary.

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