COLUMBUS, Ind. — A local elementary student is planning her birthday with a unique celebration — one without cake, balloons or party favors.

Lily Davis, a fourth-grader at Rockcreek Elementary, turns 10 Thursday. But instead of throwing the normal birthday party with friends, she chose to complete 10 random acts of kindness this year.

The idea came a few years ago when her mother, Abby Carr, a Cummins employee, decided to do 29 kind deeds for her 29th birthday. Carr had heard about kind birthday deeds from a news article.

Please read Tuesday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.