For 12th birthday, Medina sixth-grader shuns presents, gives birthday kits to community

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 April 2021 at 3:16 pm

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MEDINA – Tessa Costich, a sixth grader at Wise Middle School in Medina, turned 12 on April 22. This year she didn’t want any presents. Instead, she asked family and friends to use money they would have spent on gifts to buy birthday kits that she could distribute to community groups.

So far Tess has put together 165 kits and donated some to the Gasport Food Pantry, Hands 4 Hope ministry and St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina. She is looking to connect with another church to give away more of the kits.

The kits are a disposable tin pan, a box of cake mix, can of frosting, sprinkles, candles and party blowers. Some have vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, some red velvet cake. There have also been some cookie and brownie kits minus the frosting.