Teen Foregoes Shopping Spree to Help Children - New York News

Teen Foregoes Shopping Spree to Help Children

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

 A local teenager cashed in when her parents hosted a party after her 13th birthday.  But she didn't spend her gift money on clothes or makeup, as any other teenager might have. 

Instead, she spent it on kids she doesn't even know, who desperately need a friend.

For more than 70 years, Pat the Bunny has brought comfort to young children, when no adult could quite fit the bill. 

The smile, the fur, a friend to pat. 

Her mom says it worked for Eloise Nimoityn. 

"She always used it to comfort her I guess when nothing else seemed to work," Hillary Nimoityn explained.  "And she thought it would be of comfort to other children." 

So Eloise bought 100 of them with money she received as gifts from her Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish rite of passage for girls. 

The bunnies weren't cheap.  "No, no, no!" Hillary Nimoityn said emphatically.  "She spent a lot of money and bought the bunnies and she attached little notes to each bunny, each is a hand-written note to a child."

One hundred hand-written notes, which read, "Pat the Bunny has always been a special comfort for me.  I hope you find the same comfort from Pat and enjoy his company." 

Hillary Nimoityn said her 13-year-old daughter spent hours writing them.  But why spend the time, when computers are so much easier?  "Because it's more special and from me," Eloise Nimoityn told Fox 29.

The bunnies will be given to kids now living in an emergency shelter, the only one in Philly for women and children who escaped from violent homes. 

"Half of the people we serve are kids under six years old," explained Jeannine Lisitski, the executive director of Women Against Abuse, the organization that runs the shelter. 

"So imagine, these children are coming with nothing," Lisitski said.  Eloise won't get to meet the children who will be receiving the bunnies, because many if not all of the kids are still too traumatized-- which is why she chose the organization.  She knew the children would need comforting.  "She was really attracted to this charity and felt that her bunnies could do the most good," Hillary Nimoityn explained.  

"It's really huge, it's bigger than what we might think," Lisitski told Fox 29.  Because Pat the Bunny is not just a stuffed animal.  For many young children, he's a symbol of a safe place. 

"This could be something that helps provide stability for the children and a way towards healing," Lisitski said.

In Judaism, a Bat Mitzvah marks the passage from being a girl to becoming a woman.  Eloise Nimoityn is well on her way.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:09:12 GMT

    NICE EASTER WEEKEND

    The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.

    Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon.  High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.

    It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s.  Quiet conditions continue into Monday.

  • Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:38:03 GMT
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices