Kids helping kids for the holidays

Bakersfield girl donates toys on birthday
Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 21:12:46-05

Analisa Ramos will be celebrating her 12th birthday this weekend, but she's not like other kids. 

"She hasn't really asked for anything for her birthday or for Christmas," said Lisa Ramos, Analisa's mother. 

A year shy of her teenage years, she believes big kids deserve to have a good Christmas and decided to do something about it.

"I heard a lot of toy drives going toward the smaller kids, and I thought, why don't they aim toward the older kids," Analisa wondered. 

For her birthday bash, she's asking her friends to donate boys, which will benefit children at The Jamison Center. 

"We know what it's like to need to help and right now, we're okay," Lisa said. 

Analisa and her brother Tommy are both involved in cheer and dance. The costs of extracurricular activities adds up, but their new passions has helped offset the costs. 

"They both have agents and they're both in the industry, so now, if they pick a job, it kind of helps set off the costs," said Lisa. 

Analisa has landed a movie, a few commercials and a TV show.

Although she's found success in Hollywood, her mother believes acts like her birthday toy drive will help keep her humble.

"I think as long as she does the thing that she's doing now and gives back, that'll keep her grounded," Lisa said. 

Analisa's Christmas Drive will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at PennPoint Dance Academy from 5-8 p.m.