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"Haley's Holiday Hope"

Lawton_"Haley's Holiday Hope" are words that embody the spirit of the season.  Young Haley Moore of Lawton knows it's better to give than to receive, and is the reason why 7News decided to hold a toy drive on Thursday at the YMCA.  Haley is like most nine-year-olds - she says she doesn't like homework, but she likes sports, video games, watching movies, and Miley Cyrus.

Despite enjoying activities that most typical kids do, Haley is no typical girl.  When her 10th birthday rolls around in a few weeks, she doesn't want a typical birthday celebration.  "I'm asking kids to donate toys for the kids that don't have toys, or can't afford them," she said. 

Haley's invitation is clear - no gifts please.  Instead, she asks her friends to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the J. Roy Dunning Children's Shelter.  She says her friends couldn't believe her generosity.  "They were just shocked, they were like, ‘How come you don't want presents, are you crazy or something?'  They didn't like the idea," she said.  Haley says she gets enough on Christmas, and some kids have to go without. 

Haley's dad says he couldn't be more proud of his daughter.  He says she has always taken the reins.  "Oh she is non-stop talking, active, always wanting to do something, always got to keep her busy," he said.  This year, Haley wanted to start a school newspaper, so she petitioned her class to make it happen.  "She went out and got all her notes together of how she wanted to do it, and how she wanted to pay for the paper with local ads from the community," said dad, John.  "She got this together and went to her principal."

Now, Haley is the editor-in-chief of her school paper, and the inspiration behind a toy drive that could make Christmas extra-special for hundreds of Texoma kids.  To help Haley donate even more to the J. Roy Dunning Children's Shelter, 7News urges everyone in Texoma to stop by the Lawton YMCA between 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.  There will be a 7News crew ready for you to drive by and drop off an unwrapped new toy, diapers, hygiene products, and donations.

ReMax Team Pam Marion and Barry Ezerski have loaned their moving truck for the toy drive - the goal is to fill it with "Haley's Holiday Hope."  If you know someone who is a good Samaritan such as Hayley, and who needs to be thanked, 7News wants to know.  Please tell us, and you could see your thank you on our website.

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