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Mechanicsburg girl doesn’t let her young age hold her back


Every month, Central PennParent recognizes a child who is doing great things in their community. They are a blessing to those around them — yet their efforts often go unrecognized. We want to thank them for a job well done!

Brooklyn Najar is only in first grade, but she already has a passion for helping others. She volunteers with Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots.

Her work is two-fold: she gets to help people in the community and spend time with her dad.

Brooklyn is the daughter of Lanette and Staff Sgt. Adam Najar, of Mechanicsburg. Time with her father is a special treasure — Staff Sgt. Najar has been on six deployments, three of which Brooklyn has experienced with her mom and two younger sisters.

When her dad is home, Brooklyn enjoys helping him “save the world,” as she calls their work. “I like helping my dad,” said the petite, brown-eyed 6-year-old.

Toys For Tots in Harrisburg reaches more than 30,000 community children in need over the holiday season.

Brooklyn cheerfully helps the other kids as she bags up toys and helps with organization and deliveries. “It is unique that a girl of her age helps in this capacity,”image2-resize said Tara Peffley, a volunteer with Toys for Tots who nominated Brooklyn. “Having such a young girl working behind the scenes on behalf of so many is outstanding.  She gives of her time cheerfully and enjoys helping so greatly.”

“Some kids might not have a lot of toys to play with or food to eat,” Brooklyn said. “I like helping give toys to kids. It’s fun.”

Brooklyn also helps the Marines with Meals on Wheels food delivery, riding alongside her dad and helping to carry meals to homes.

When she’s not busy helping other kids, Brooklyn enjoys playing outside, playing softball and cheerleading for Cumberland Valley football.

When she grows up, Brooklyn says she wants to be a gymnast or a YouTuber doing gaming. Minecraft and Bottle Flip are her favorites.

 Andrea Rose is editor of Central Penn Parent.

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