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      Teen donates time to needy on birthday

      For most people, birthdays are about getting " not giving.But Savannah McIlrath isn TMt most people.The Columbus native spent her 14th birthday today baking to raise money for those less fortunate than her, as she has for the past three birthdays. And instead of asking for gifts, Savannah asks for donations " anything the charity she chooses can use.Each year, Savannah has chosen a different charity to turn her focus on. Two years ago it was Harvest Hands; last year, Saint Jude TMs.From the confines of her grandmother TMs kitchen in Cordele, Savannah explained to us why she decided to give instead of get on her birthday.I TMve always wanted to help others and since I TMm kind of young it TMs hard to get out and go do something on my own, she said. But this is just a way that I can show God TMs love through myself.It TMs a sentiment few people her age have. This year, Savannah chose to help Arabella House, a group home in Waverly Hall for girls ages 12-17.Her mom Shannon McIlrath said Savannah TMs decision didn TMt surprise her.I wasn TMt really surprised because she TMs always been a very special kid, she said. She TMs always looked out for others and is very caring, so it absolutely seemed just like her to want to do something for someone else.Really, Savannah TMs act can only be described in one word: selfless.