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Saturday, Nov 24 2012 12:02 AM

Short Take: Local girls collect toys for Alliance

By Jeneal Wood

Shaina Looker and Sierra Moore put the S's in the "S&S Christmas Toy Drive."

The middle school girls started the now annual toy drive -- benefitting the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault -- when they were in the fourth grade. Four years after starting the fundraiser, the seventh-graders are still eager to help the community, said Monique Looker, Shaina's mother.

What started out as a way to earn a bronze medal in Girl Scouts -- the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve -- soon became a holiday tradition they didn't want to end, even after they had earned their medal.

All of the donations benefit the Alliance. Parents there choose a gift for their child, wrap it and give it directly to their own child.

"It's a way for the parents to feel like they can provide something special for their child," Monique said.

The girls attend Norris Middle School, where they are active in school government. Shaina is the vice president for the student council and plays club soccer. Sierra is the class representative for student council, plays club softball and golf. Both girls are straight-A students.

Last year, the girls collected more than 100 toys, which exceeded the previous year.

To participate in the event, bring a new, unwrapped toy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 to Rollerama West, 7850 Brimhall Road, and you can skate for $2.

-- Jeneal Wood

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