Bellevue, NE-12 year old Olivia Graesser thinks of others instead of herself on her birthday. For the past four years, she's raised donations for somewhere instead of getting presents.
"I have a lot of stuff, and I might as well give something to somebody else," she said.
The first year, Olivia asked for canned goods for homeless shelters. The following year, money for Africa after hearing of a charity trip her mom's boss had taken. Last year, the humane society. This year, she decided to raise money for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home. She had remembered taking a trip to the home when she was seven, delivering valentine cards she had made at school.
"She's had three relatives serve too," her mom Marsha Graesser said. "She's just one of those kids who realizes that there's a difference between what she wants and what she needs."
They set out to raise $250. Between her family and friends, they raised $670.
"I hope they like it," Olivia said.
What's even more compelling about this young lady. She was born on September 11th, 2001.
"It's kind of different, having your birthday then," she says.
When asked where Olivia gets her generosity from, Marsha says, "I can't take credit for it. I always say she was born on 9-11. A lot of souls passed that day. And I think that I want to give it to someone else. I can't take credit."
"I am truly humbled with Olivia's generosity and indeed thankful for the gift from this remarkable young lady. She's a great example of a youth in the community who contributes to the mission of serving America's heroes with honor and respect," Jeff Smith, ENVH's Administrator said.
The ENVH will hold a pizza party for the veterans on November 12th. Any money left over will be used for groceries for the veterans, or taking them out to a nice dinner.