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Shout Out: Julia Raitano, who is celebrating her 8th birthday by donating to hurricane victims

For her eighth birthday later this month, Arlington Heights resident Julia Raitano does not want to tear into a pile of brightly wrapped presents.

Instead, Julia has asked her friends to buy cleaning products that will be donated to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in downstate Chatham and delivered to families who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.

Pioneer Press recently chatted with Julia, a second grader at Windsor Elementary School, who explained why helping those in need is the best birthday present that she will receive this year.

Q: How did you come up with the idea of helping hurricane victims instead of receiving birthday presents?

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