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Nine-year-old asks Santa for a way to feed the homeless on Christmas Day

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 18:57:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nine-year-old Jia Rivera had an unusual request for Santa this Christmas.

"She was like, 'I really want you to help me to find a way to feed the homeless this year at Christmas, Santa,'" her mom, Madona Vaughn, said.

Not only did Jia want to feed the homeless, but she also wanted to do it on Christmas Day.

"I'm doing this to show them that there is hope left and to show them that there are people that care," Jia said.

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After Jia and her parents spend the morning opening presents, they will head downtown to pass out care packages and food to folks on the streets.

"Most kids want to be at home and playing with their new toys and celebrating with family," Vaughn said. "No. She wants to be out and bringing joy to everybody else. That's more important than anything we could give her."

Jia will be live streaming from her FaceBook page "Jia's Christmas Mission" tomorrow afternoon.

The tradition started last year, and Jia said she hopes to keep it going.

Phoenix Heating and Air and Bridgford Foods donated to Jia's cause.

Friends and family have donated everything from hats and gloves to Mylar blankets.

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