Sullivan Girl Gives Christmas Joy to Kids in Need

Sullivan - She looks and sounds like your average eight year old, but Shaylin Hunter is doing something well above average this Christmas.

"I wanted to donate my presents so other kids can have good Christmases because I always do," she said Thursday.

Those gifts were given to the Sullivan Police Department's 'Secret Santa' program, something police chief Johnny Love says is a real testament to 'giving back' this Christmas.

"It's just so heartwarming that you have a child put so much effort to help others instead of themselves," said Love.

Despite not being old enough to vote or drive, Shaylin has already made an impact on adults this Christmas, inspiring them, and hopefully others.

"It was great.  It makes you feel like you've done something right and it's great to know that she wants to give to other kids," said Shaylin's mother, Siobhan.

Chief Love added,"a young kid like this that takes it upon herself and decides to help others, and give her stuff away is unbelievable."

Even Oodle, her elf on the shelf, was impressed with her holiday generosity, making a special note of her good deed before heading back to the North Pole.

In the end, in her soft eight year-old voice, Shaylin says there's an important thing to remember this Christmas.

"Everybody can be nice."


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