A Special Gift from a Very Special Young Lady

Lyric Baker, a Des Moines girl who recently celebrated her sixth birthday, visited the St. Vicent de Paul Society of Des Moines today to donate all of the money she received for her birthday to buy food for those in need.

Lyric, accompanied by her mother, stepfather and grandmother, presented social services director Fern Klemm with $217 in cash that she received for her birthday from friends and family. She had told friends that she did not want other gifts because she had already decided to make her donation to the Society.

The event was recorded by KCCI-TV photojournalist Glen Biermann and was set to air on the station’s evening newscasts. After she made her donation, Lyric toured the Society’s store, social services center, literacy center, intake department and warehouse. She met employees and volunteer, who each thanked her for her kind act.

“Lyric is obviously a very special girl who has a tremendous heart,” said Eric Woolson, the Des Moines Council’s executive director. “At such a young age, she is an example for all of us that the spirit of charity knows no bounds. Everyone here at St. Vincent de Paul was touched by her generosity and the love and concern she has for others.”