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Ten-year-old raises money from birthday for Big Brothers Big Sisters 


From left to right stand mother Heidi Vance with her children Liliana, Lucas and Graciela as they present their gifts to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Girl asks for donations in lieu of birthday gifts

Many 10-year-olds want the latest toys or games for their birthdays, but what Graciela Vance, a young lady from Paso Robles, wanted for her birthday was to be able to help the less fortunate.

In lieu of gifts, Vance asked that party-goers make donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters and help provide mentors to kids primarily from low-income, single parent homes.

For her 10th birthday, Vance presented a check for $280.60, as well as two bicycles and a basketball to Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

“I am honored and humbled by this young person who thinks of others first. Her donation will reap long-term benefits for her another child in her neighborhood, as well as our community as a whole,” said Anna Boyd-Bucy, executive director for the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters just opened their new, Paso Robles location to serve North County families on March 17.

For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call (805) 781-3226, or log onto