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Published August 01, 2012, 10:08 PM

"No Presents Allowed" at 8 year old birthday party, only canned food

MOORHEAD, Minn. (WDAY TV) - When Quincey Feragen of Moorhead planned her 8th birthday party, she was quick to tell her friends at day care "no presents allowed."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

MOORHEAD, Minn. (WDAY TV) - When Quincey Feragen of Moorhead planned her 8th birthday party, she was quick to tell her friends at day care "no presents allowed."

Instead, she put out the word, bring canned food to her party. She was throwing a celebration at the Dorothy Day Food Pantry.

Don't forget. She is just 8.

This would be no ordinary field trip for these 30 kids from Trinity Lutheran's Preschool and Daycare.

The mission? Going door to door and collecting the food bags left in the neighborhood, in preparation for Quincey Feragen's big 8th birthday party.

Quincey Feragen, Celebrating 8th birthday: “I am trying to collect 400 pounds of food.”

Four different groups fanned out across Moorhead's downtown neighborhoods, collecting food for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry.

Shantelle Feragen, Quincey’s mom: “We don't give them enough credit. They realize other people need things and she was really excited about the idea of collecting things for people other than getting things for herself.”

After collecting the bags of foods, the children from the daycare unloaded the vans, bags full of food for local families in need.

And the need is great, even though the food pantry is open 4 days a week, more than 50 families a day are coming here for food.

What a life lesson learned at this birthday party. A trip to the food pantry to learn what giving and growing up is all about.

Jim Manly, Dorothy Day Food Pantry: “Creates a concept of philosophy of giveback for a new generation.”

No piles of plastic toys or dolls for Quincey this year, just a real life birthday party with a far reaching memorable result.

And to celebrate the food drive, the children all returned to Trinity for pizza and cake.

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