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N.Y. girl, 7, sends $10 to family for treats

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Told by her mother that a local family didn’t have extra money to buy ice cream and cookies, 7-year-old Helaina Morgan raided her own piggy bank to lend a hand.

The second-grader from Clay, a Syracuse suburb, sent a letter to 3-year-old Essence Fry with $10 enclosed.

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‘‘Hi Essence: Here is $10 from me,’’ Helaina wrote in the letter accompanying the money. She told the younger girl she could go to the grocery store and buy whatever she wanted. She added that she likes ice cream and sprinkles.

Essence’s mother was the subject of a Syracuse Post-Standard story about working families who use food stamps.

Congress is debating whether to cut billions from the program.

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