Bryan girl wants to help others for birthday

BRYAN - For one Bryan girl, an eighth birthday will soon mean more than just cake and presents.

This year Addison Perry will celebrate by doing what she calls "playing it forward".

"Instead of paying it forward,” said Perry. “I wanted to play it forward because kids play with toys."

Addison’s plan is simple. First, she designed t-shirts and now, she's selling them to raise money for charity.

"I could get the stuff that I didn't need,” said Perry. “But, I didn't want to think about myself. I wanted to think about the kids that don't have toys."

Her father, Tony Perry, says she shocked them with her decision last week to give instead of receive.

"It's pretty amazing,” he said. “Normally it's about what kind of things am I going to get and she immediately said ‘What can I get for someone else?"'

Addie wants some of the money from each t-shirt sale to benefit Scotty's House, an advocacy center for local children who've been abused. Sunday, Addie delivered the first shirt to Jennifer Wood.

"I thought it was a wonderful idea for an eight year old to come up with,” said Wood. “She’s providing gifts for under privileged kids verses getting them herself."

"I just think if I do it other kids would like to do it,” said Addie Perry. “They can help kids just like I am."

T-shirts can be purchased for $10 each on Addiesgift.com. Five dollars from each purchase will go to Scotty’s house. You can order online through the end of May.