Perry Township student spreads Christmas joy after losing father

INDIANAPOLIS – A girl who lost her father on Christmas Eve in 2016 missed the joys centered around the holiday season. This year, she wanted to give back to her community in his honor.

Shyla Warman, a student in Perry Township, said she is determined to bring joy to other children in need. 

Warman and her mother, Stacy Martin, reached out to school officials to present the idea of helping children at a Shelbyville rehab center called Especially Kidz. It’s also where Warman’s friend, who is an amputee, lives.

Her teacher, Andrea Gasaway, agreed to help Warman achieve this random act of kindness.

Workers at Especially Kidz told Gasaway the center, which serves those ages 3 months to 68 years old, doesn’t get many visitors.

Warman set a goal to change Christmas for 100 kids this year.  

Kids Go Round Toys in Plainfield heard her story and offered to give her 20 percent off any toys she could find, and also donated $200 to Martin, who works two jobs to provide for her children.

Warman hopes to deliver the toys soon once she finishes wrapping them.

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