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Geneva girl’s early Christmas gift: Fundraiser for Mutual Ground

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Although it’s only September, 6-year-old Angelina Rivera of Geneva has Christmas gifts on her mind. But instead of receiving them, she wants to give them to children who needs them more than she does.

With the help of her mom, Liz Rivera, Angelina plans to host a car wash Saturday in front of TitleMax at 2015 W. Main St., St. Charles, to raise money to buy Christmas presents for families served by Mutual Ground, an Aurora-based organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Rivera said her daughter came up with the idea two years ago, but she wanted to wait until her daughter was a little bit older to start doing fundraisers. She said Angelina got the idea after watching an episode of “Full House” and has been asking about it ever since.

“This year, she’s been asking the entire year, and she thought of the idea of giving her Santa gift away,” Rivera said.

“I wanted to give some of my toys away [to others] that need it,” Angelina said.

Rivera said several people from Angelina’s hapkido class volunteer with Mutual Ground, so they decided to reach out to them for the fundraiser. She said she hopes the car wash is the first of several fundraisers for Mutual Ground families. Other fundraisers might include candy sales, Rivera said.

Angelina said she hopes to raise “a whole lot” of money Saturday to buy presents for as many children as possible. Rivera said they’re asking for a $5 donation for car washes, or whatever people are able to give.

“I wanted [the fundraiser] to help other kids,” Angelina said.

If you go

What: Car wash fundraiser for Mutual Ground

Where: TitleMax, 2015 W. Main St., St Charles

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

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