Autistic girl gives Christmas cheer to homeless

Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 17:46:59-05

An 8-year-old autistic girl from Denver told her family she didn't want any Christmas gifts this year. Instead, she wanted to celebrate the holiday by doing something else: give back to those who need it most. 

MaryBella Rose, 8, told her family she simply wanted to celebrate Christmas with the homeless by giving them presents. On Christmas Day, that's exactly what she did. 

"I told Santa I didn't want any Christmas presents this year because, you know what? I'm hanging out with my homeless friends and that means more to me than a gift from Santa," Rose told Denver7 reporter Jason Foster. 

Setting up shop at the corner of Larimer Street and Park Avenue in Five Points, she handed out 100 thermal blankets, 100 ponchos, 150 cupcakes, socks, gloves and water. 

She told Denver7 she did all of this because she loves the homeless and considers them friends. 


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