Hawaii Baptist Academy student requests no presents for Sweet 16 party, instead holds food drive

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Sixteen, that’s a milestone age for girls, and they often celebrate it with a sweet sixteen party.

On Sunday, there was a huge sweet sixteen party for a local teen.

More than 200 of her friends showed up, but her party was different from the rest.

Her name is Kelsey Morihara.

She goes to Hawaii Baptist Academy, is on the soccer team, is part of the National Honor Society, and the choir.

Most teenage girls would want to receive things like clothes or accessories or even money. But not Kelsey.

“Most of them were like, ‘What I can’t give you a gift? I’ll just get you one anyway.’ But I suggested, ‘Oh no, you should just bring the canned goods,'” Morihara said.

That’s right, canned goods for the needy.

“I’m very surprised. I didn’t expect so many people to bring so much,” Morihara said.

Re-gifting is sometimes frowned upon. But not this time.

“I’ve been provided with so much and I’m so blessed that some people aren’t as fortunate as I am so I should give to them,” Morihara said.

A gift that truly comes from the heart.

Kelsey is donating it all to the Hawaii Foodbank.

In case you’re wondering, Kelsey wants to become a physical therapist when she grows up.

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