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Mother gives daughter a lesson in humility (w/video)

By JR Ortega
March 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2014 at 9:07 p.m.

Seven-year-old Arianna Robinson is learning a life lesson by helping sort clothes gathered for donations with the help of her mother, Michelle Robinson. Robinson wants her children to learn the value of helping children at Shields Elementary, where Arianna attends school.

WANT TO HELP?

If you'd like to donate or know of someone who is in need of receiving some of these donations, call Michelle Robinson at 361-489-6616.

Items accepted:

• Clothes and shoes - all sizes for all ages

• Toys

• Blankets

Arianna Robinson digs her hands into a pile of baby clothes and begins laying them onto a chair.

Dressed in a blue-and-white polka-dot blouse topped with a neon green bow, the 7-year-old now knows how much she has.

Last week, Arianna, a student at Shields Elementary School, came home racked with guilt after having teased a boy for being poor and not having enough food at home.

As a lesson, Arianna's mother, Michelle Robinson, decided to ask for clothes and other items for a donation drive she's planning to have in the coming weeks.

Robinson also plans to take Arianna and her other children to Christ's Kitchen.

All of this is to understand people's value.

"It's not OK to make someone feel like they are less than anyone else," Robinson said. "I know what it's like to get assistance. I've been there and done that."

The donation drive and volunteering planned was never a form of punishment, Robinson said. She simply wants her children to learn early in life that "God sees everything."

Robinson said she's also proud that Arianna came home and owned up to what she did.

Arianna has even started enjoying the donations.

"We're giving things to people who have less than us," she said.

With bullying happening at schools, Robinson wants to ensure her kids don't become part of the problem.

"This is my job as a parent," she said. "We need to teach them these lessons now."

So far, Robinson, a stay-at-home mom, has received more than 10 donations; each donation has been about one large trash bag of either clothes, toys or blankets.

Robinson posted about what she was doing on Facebook, and she received an overwhelming response of support about her parenting skills.

In the living room, bags piled on top of bags wait to be sorted through, and that's because the family hasn't put its bags of donations in the pile yet.

Robinson has not set a date for the donation drive, but the goal is to make care packages and have a donation drive at a Victoria park. Robinson would like to screen those in need of donations, but how she's handling the donation drive is still up in the air.

Robinson expects Arianna and her other three children to learn the lesson of humility when they do the actual donation.

Even then, Robinson's lesson is already starting to sink in.

"Are we going to keep doing this, Mom? We can't just stop," Arianna said. "That would be mean."

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