Galloway youth delivers ‘Stockings of Love’

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Brian Deviney, 10, gets started filling Christmas stockings Brian Deviney, 10, gets started filling Christmas stockings

GALLOWAY – For 10-year-old Brian Deviney, Christmas really is all about giving.

The son of Christina Martin and Brian Deviney Sr. had an unusual answer when he was asked what he wanted for Christmas this year.

“I’m pretty well set,” he said, according to his father. “I just want to help kids who don’t have anything.”

It wasn’t long before Brian Jr., aka Bri Bri, decided to fill 10 Christmas stockings with goodies to be distributed at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Beacon Free Evangelical Church.

His grandmother Kathy Curran helped with a donation to get him started and a post on her Facebook page.

“Attention, attention all Facebook friends,” she began. “I asked Bri Bri what he wanted for Christmas last week and he said, ‘I just want money,’ and I said “for what?” And he said that he wanted money to buy the kids that were homeless or lived in a shelter toys.”

She said that since her grandson is the most giving little 10-year-old she knows, they decided to go and get 10 stockings and fill them with gifts and candy.

“If any Facebook friends would like to donate a dollar-store gift or a gift for a boy or girl and maybe candy canes or candy, we will have a box on our front step and anyone can drop something off for Bri Bri’s operation ‘Stockings of Love,’ Curran said.

She is proud of Brian and his desire to give to kids of families that are down and out for whatever reason.

She said they would be delivering the stockings before Christmas to shelters, hospitals and wherever else they are needed.

Brian’s father said the fifth-grade student at Roland Rogers Elementary School is a good kid.

“He’s a good student – all A’s and B’s,” Deviney said. “He plays GTAA baseball. He’s a real good kid, but this came out of the blue.”

His father said Bri Bri is afraid of storms, and coupled with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, that might be why he is attuned to the needs of others right now.

The younger Brian Deviney told The Current that he got the idea from a book at school called “Helping Others.”

“In the book, a girl made a big donation,” Bri Bri said. “She got other kids to chip in. Then they made a giant donation.”

He told his grandmother about his idea, and she came up with the Facebook post.

The youngster followed up with a similar Facebook post on his Stockings of Love page.

“Then the donations started coming in to the box on the porch – money, gift cards and stocking-sized items,” his mother said. “By the week before Christmas he had more than 40 stockings filled, which is amazing.”

Christmas is all about giving, not about receiving, Martin said.

“He only wanted to do 10 stockings, and he got up to 43,” she said. “He’s a blessed child. I’m so very proud.”


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