CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - Many kids ask Santa Claus for toys, but when local third grader Hannah Grubb was just five-years-old, she had a different wish. Instead of presents, she wanted to give back to people in need.
Hannah Grubb, 8, holds up one of her crafts.
"I think it's just how she was born," said her mom, Jesse Grubb, "she always thinks of others before herself."
Hannah started making Christmas crafts and selling them at the annual Robert C. Byrd High School craft show.
"I thought helping people might make me more happy, but I couldn't really think of what I wanted to do. Then I heard about the craft show and thought I could make crafts and sell them," Hannah said.
With help from her parents, Hannah uses the donations to buy clothes, food and hygiene products to donate to people in need at the Clarksburg Mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Clarksburg.
"We give away 200 bags of hygiene products a month for men, women, and children, so having a donation like that is huge for us to help us through the month," said Chris Mullett, the executive director of the Mission.
This year, the eight-year-old raised $600.
Her parents say they weren't surprised by their daughter's unusual request.
"It made me proud, but we do talk about that kind of stuff, about helping others who are less fortunate," her mom said.
Hannah says she will continue this special Christmas-time tradition for many years to come.
"It makes me feel happy and glad to know that I can help other people make a difference," Hannah said.
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The director notes that they are always in need of diapers and hygiene products. He did say that monetary donations are the most helpful thing a person can give, but everything is appreciated.