Monday, April 21, 2008

A Heart Bigger Than Her Years!

Mom Cathy wrote.

Sofia is making the news !!! The place that had her classroom birthday party has sent this press release to all of the local papers. (as long as her hair was in place, of course !!).

Sofia was adopted from Shanghai in 2001. She turned 8 on April 8th. She has a big sister, Mary Rose, from Jiangyin City. Read the press release below about her wonderful donation, which is sure to bring some sunshine into the lives of other children!


STERLING... Horizon Elementary second graders Sofia Lunde and Cecilia Rivera decided that their joint eighth birthday party on April 13th would be a bit different.

Instead of getting and keeping the usual abundance of presents from friends and classmates,
they donated everything brought to their party to a worthy cause... children who become patients at INOVA Loudoun Hospital's pediatric unit and pediatric emergency department.

"We told our friends, their parents and our teacher, Mrs. Sanders, what we wanted to do," said
Sofia, "and they thought it was a good idea. Even without us getting to keep a bunch of gifts, it was the best party ever!"

"The hospital will give one of the gifts to any kid who is feeling scared or sad," said Cecilia, "and the kid can keep it. It may make them feel better."

Some 19 classmates brought presents to the party, held at the new Fitwize 4 Kids in Regal

Center. Fitwize 4 Kids is improving the quality of life for children and their families by offering a fun and safe place where kids learn how to stay active, build strong muscles and become empowered to make better decisions about their physical and nutritional well being.

We at Gladney wish Sofia a very happy 8th birthday and are very proud of her!

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