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Cans for pants:Local third-grader collects money to buy garments for Filipino street children


December 27, 2016

KEEGHAN GITTINS-BANKER cashes in cans he collected to buy pants for Filipino street children.

Keeghan Gittins-Banker had big plans for the money he had been saving all summer, but instead of using it to buy a new Xbox for himself, the 9-year-old used it to buy clothes for a group of kids he had never met.

“My mom was on Facebook and I saw the picture of a kid with no pants, just a really long shirt,” Keeghan said.

Keeghan and his mother, Kristine Banker, attend Crawfordsville Community Church with Tim and Gina Swanson of Sweet Home, who moved to the greater Manila area of the Philippines this year to work with young people in a slum area of the city.

The photo Keeghan saw wa...

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