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Girl Learns Giving Better Than Getting, Even With Elmo

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY — His laugh made him famous, andscarce. So scarce that shoppers have been offering big buck for Elmo.

All the hype didn't faze a Bladen County girl, who decided to give hersaway.

Penny Johnson, the giver's aunt, noted that not many twelve-year-oldswould give away such a coveted gift.

That's right. Twelve-year-old Jamie Ford decided the red-haired,big-eyed creature would be happier with someone less fortunate.

Friday Jamie delivered Elmo to someone she knew would appreciate hishumor, six-year-old Jessica Gwen. The bubbly recipient was all smileswhen she found Elmo beneath the Christmas paper.

A small gift for a girl who has faced too many obstacles in her shortlife. She was born prematurely, which forced doctors to give her atrachiotomy, and amputate one of her legs above the knee.

Sonja Huff said the gift showed that there are people around who care.

Maybe it's a lesson for all of us, who think Christmas is too oftenwrapped up in the hype, and the true meaning lost.

Jamie Ford knows the real meaning of Christmas.

A special kind of love for a stranger, who is now also a friend.Reported byTerriGruca.

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