Kindness Day becomes a tradition for Tampa Bay family

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)– Donating toys, teddy bears, food and blood is a tradition every year for folks across Tampa Bay, but Kindness Day means something extra special for Beth De Maio and her two daughters, Sofia and Olivia.

The family first began dropping off toys in 2010 when Sofia was just two years old and Olivia was still in Beth’s tummy.

Sofia turned 8 in August, but instead of spending her birthday money on herself, she decided to save it and buy $100 worth of toys to donate to kids who need it.

“They don’t have as much as we do and they need to have something for Christmas, too,” said Sofia De Maio.

5 and 8 years old now, these two little girls already know the true meaning of Kindness Day: to think of others before themselves.

“Not everybody knows, especially children, how good it feels to receive, but also, they don’t know how good it feels to give and if that becomes a part of their daily life, they won’t even think twice about it.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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