By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CBS) — A 13-year-old Episcopal Academy student is using her Bat Mitzvah money to help children in crisis.

Eloise Nimoityn (top photo) used the money to purchase 100 copies of the children’s book Pat The Bunny, each of which is packaged with a stuffed animal.

Today, as she dropped off the toys and books to the administrative offices of Women Against Abuse, Nimoityn explained why she chose this particular stuffed animal and book.

“I’ve always had a Pat the Bunny,” she tells KYW Newsradio, and I thought other kids would like it.”

Jeannine Lisitski, executive director of Women Against Abuse, says the effort will mean so much to the kids her organization comes across, “many of whom are just ripped out of their homes in a crisis and have to leave with nothing.  And I just think them knowing that there is another little girl out there who cares means so much for the kids.”

Eloise’s mother, Hillary, says that in addition to spending several thousand dollars on the toys, the 8th grader took the time to write a personalized message on each one.

(Eloise wrote an individual note for each recipient. Credit: Michelle Durham)


“I’m very proud of her, and it’s something that she wanted to do from the heart,” Hillary Nimoityn said.

And Lisitski, of Women Against Abuse, says it’s a wonderful way to begin the organization’s holiday gift drive.

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