Julie Fine, NBC 5 News
Ten-year-old Jordyn Self has decided to give away Saige, the limited edition American Girl doll she was supposed to get for Christmas, to raise money for supplies to send to troops.
Jordyn Self really wanted her big Christmas present, but she is giving it away to help troops.
Like many 10-year-olds, she wanted Saige, a limited-edition American Girl doll.
"I had accidentally walked into the closet before Christmastime, and I had saw her in there," Jordyn said.
Her mother, who had bought the doll as a Christmas present, told her accidents happen and to just wait until Christmas.
But Jordyn had other ideas
"I was thinking about that," she said. "I was like, 'Hey, Saige is worth a lot of money. She is on back order. Why don't we donate her?"
She is holding a drawing, selling tickets for $1. Jordyn, who has already raised $800, will use the money to send care packages to troops.
"She doesn't have money. She doesn't work," said her mother, Amy Self. "The doll was the only thing that she has that is worth something."
Jordyn is a member of a character-building group at Don T. Shields Elementary School that has been collecting items. Everything she buys with the money will be added to what her fellow students have already put together.
"They are sleeping on hard ground and tents," she said. "They don't have pillows. They don't have their laundry done, so for us to give us all this stuff -- and it will really surprise them, that they are really appreciated and we know they are there fighting for us."
Jordyn and her family will be selling tickets until 11:59 p.m. Saturday. To find out how to participate, visit the Facebook event for the drawing, Saige for Soldiers.
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