Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Her Spirit of Giving Spreads Holiday Cheer; A Clay Woman Helps 24 Families by Bargain-Shopping and Re-Gifting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Her Spirit of Giving Spreads Holiday Cheer; A Clay Woman Helps 24 Families by Bargain-Shopping and Re-Gifting

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

Many people believe that it is better to give than to receive.

Most people understand that folks everywhere need the same kind of things to live well.

Things like family. Friends. Stuff to eat. Stuff to keep them warm. Stuff that makes them smile. But how many people step outside their own circles to spoon out some of life's gravy to strangers?

Susie Kisro Raab does.

Once the aide to a Midwest mayor, the 39-year-old Clay County wife and stay-at-home mom combined her City Hall get-go with her penchant for yard sales and Internet bargain-hunting to power a Christmas drive for the needy.

Call her The Re-Gifter.

Using her membership to a free Web site that values recycling used goods to secondhand owners instead of packing landfills, Kisro Rabb collected clothes, toys and food for 24 local families this Christmas.

All they had to do to get help was answer an ad she left on the Freecycle.com Web site. As a Christmas Eve finale, she and her husband and friends planned to drive around passing out food and coats to the homeless in Middleburg and Orange Park.

Gail Mitchell, who is mayor of Fairview Heights, Ill., said earlier that day that the grass-roots charity drive is typical of the selfless work Kisro Raab did when she worked for him a few years ago.

The two of them would don Santa caps and hand out food baskets to the needy in the town of about 15,000, the apex of weeks of organizing that his aide did on top of her usual workload.

When Kisro Raab's husband, Sam, landed a job as a CSX supervisor, a move to the Jacksonville area didn't dull her desire to help the less fortunate, even if she didn't have City Hall backing her this time.

These days, if you ask Kisro Raab about her own Christmas wish, she'll try to turn it around you.

"What do you want for Christmas?" she says.

But persistence produces an answer that could warm even the most Grinchy heart.

"I have everything I want for Christmas. …

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