Teen Ink: A Charitable 'Sweet Sixteen'

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Will I get a car? OMG what am I going to wear to my party? Ohhh the questions that run through many teen heads when planning their sixteenth birthday party. Today's Teen Ink article by Courtney L. from Locust Valley, NY focuses on how she aimed her sweet sixteen party towards helping others and lending a hand, instead of asking for a new car or huge party.

For my sweet sixteen there were no TV cameras filming the planning process, no hand-delivered invitations, no trips to Paris to select the perfect dress, and no fancy car as a "surprise" present at the end of the party. Though it wasn't like MTVs "My Super Sweet 16," it was a party with a far better ending. My friends and family came together to dance the night away and commemorate World AIDS Day to benefit the Holly House Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. The $8,600 we raised was the best gift I could ever dream of! It was so rewarding to know that my celebration would be felt halfway around the world by children in need.

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