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Kristy and 7-year-old son Gavin Anderson show off the canister they used to collect donations for Coco’s Heart dog rescue at Gavin’s birthday party. (River Falls Journal photo by Gretta Stark)

River Falls boy’s birthday gift is the act of giving

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Kristy and Jason Anderson gave their almost-7-year-old son Gavin a choice this year when planning his birthday party.

Gavin, a River Fall Public Montessori first grader, could get the usual presents from his friends or ask them to donate money to an area nonprofit.


Gavin chose the latter.

“He was very cool about it,” said Kristy. “There was no resistance, no regret, no comments. He just decided and once he decided he was good to go with it.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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