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October 10, 2013
Audrey Hester, Administrative Assistant, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home, (402) 591-4954 or
Bill Wiley, Communications & Legislative Services, (402) 471-6585 or
Twelve Year Old Donates Birthday Money to Veterans
Bellevue – Considering how special every child’s birthday is, it’s not usual for their wish list to include all kinds of fun and exciting presents. However, twelve-year old Olivia Graesser of Bellevue said she wanted nothing from her friends and family for her September birthday. Her only wish was to donate any money she might receive as a birthday gift to provide a pizza party for the members at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (ENVH).  If she received any extra money she wanted to give it to veterans who might not have enough money to go out to eat at a restaurant. 
Much to Olivia’s surprise, her birthday gifts far exceeded her expectations. She received and recently donated $670 to the veterans who reside at ENVH. 
Olivia’s mother, Marsha, was surprised that Olivia remembered being at the veteran’s home when she was seven years old, delivering Valentine’s cards as part of a school project for St. Matthew Catholic School.
Jeff Smith, ENVH’s Administrator commented, “I am truly humbled with Olivia’s generosity and indeed thankful for the gift from this remarkable young lady.  She’s a great example of a youth in the community who contributes to the mission of serving America’s heroes with honor and respect. When we have the pizza party on November 12, she’ll be here as the guest of honor for her thoughtfulness.”
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Note:  Photo of Olivia Graesser was taken at her birthday party and can be downloaded at