HONESDALE—During the time of year rife with the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping and gift-giving, young Paityn Duprey of Lake Ariel chose to embody the fullest realization of the mantra “It's better to give than to receive.”
For the second year in a row, Duprey organized a holiday bake sale with the help of her family, the proceeds of which she used to purchase Christmas presents to donate to a local toy drive.
This year's recipient was the Zipper Junction Project's holiday toy collection.
When asked what made her decide to start her annual donation drive, the generous youngster replied “...just because I want to try to help people in need.”
This year, Duprey raised over $300 selling 50 cent confections, utilizing space in the Visible Changes storefront on December 2.
Duprey's initial goal for this year was $100, explained her mother, Teka Lill.
That number was quickly surpassed, as were the next two goals Duprey set that day.
So encouraged by her success this year, Duprey has already set a $500 goal for next year's bake sale.
Helping generate enough supply to meet her sale goals this year, Duprey said she had help bringing the whole endeavor to life from her grandparents, her mom, her aunts, uncle and many others.
“It was a full day,” explained Duprey's aunt, Kelci Skinner. “Everybody got together and baked cookies, it was just a really big thing for all of us to get together. There was a lot of people involved.”
Duprey's bake sale included such homemade goodies as “brownies, rice crispy treats, M&M cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies,” she said.
She chose a bake sale to raise the funds because “... people really like cookies in the wintertime,” she explained.
Duprey used the money she raised to purchase “stuff like legos and Play-doh and baby dolls,” and other assorted toys and gifts for children of various ages and interests.
“Paityn picked out all the toys herself, she even paid by herself,” said Lill.
Once purchased, Duprey delivered the toys in the middle of December to the Zipper Junction collection box at Wayne County Ford.
Of the whole experience, Duprey said she most enjoyed donating all the toys.
“It makes me feel happy and nice because I did something for others,” she said.
“It was a good experience,” stated Lill. “I'm super proud of her.”
Lill further stated, “If she could empty her piggy bank and donate it to anything, she would, especially animal shelters, or kids in need.”
Duprey is excited to start the whole process again come the end of this year.
Residents and visitors to Honesdale can look for her bake sale and enjoy a tasty treat, knowing the purchase will go towards a happy holiday season for many local children.