Lexington Girl Wants Blankets for Her Birthday


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Afternoons in the Chatting home mean homework, lots of homework for 10-year-old Delaynie.

When she is not at her desk, she is in the garage working on another project.

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Delaynie is turning 11 on Thursday, but she is not asking for birthday presents. All she wants are blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, hats,  socks, and scarves. She wants to help the homeless. She and her mom watched an ABC 36 story from just a few weeks ago that showed  the empty shelves where there are usually blankets at the Catholic Action Center’s store. Delaynie is collecting the items the Center needs.

Once she has enough, she plans on bringing them to Catholic Action Center Director Ginny Ramsey. Ramsey says it is amazing to see such compassion in such a young lady.

“It’s so heartwarming. It gives us hope for our world and hope for this generation,” Ramsey said.

“It’s good to see her heart. That it just keeps growing,” Holly Chatting, Delaynie’s Mom, said tearfully.

That is right. Keeps growing. This is not the first time Delaynie has turned gifts for herself away.

“Even if they’re dirty, it’s better than nothing,” Delaynie said then in an ABC 36 story from three years ago.

She was collecting shoes then instead of Christmas presents. She sent over 600 to Ethiopia and Haiti, but this year she has a new goal for her coats and blankets campaign.

“I want 1000. Not just 600 this year. I want more,” she said.

If you would like to donate blankets, socks, scarves, hats, and gloves call 859-619-3072.

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Veronica Jean Seltzer joins ABC 36 as Anchor/Reporter. On most weekdays, you will see her reporting the news. VJ hails from a small horse farm outside New York City and most recently comes from South Bend, Indiana where she reported for the CBS and Fox affiliates. VJ holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. Her passion for journalism runs deep. It began as she studied graffiti as an ancient form of communication in Athens, Greece. While a student journalist in Morocco, she learned her most important journalistic lesson: good stories are about people. VJ loves life in and around Lexington. She feels most at home among horses and a diverse community of fascinating people. She enjoys reporting during the week and on the weekend she strives to bring her neighbors the news that matters most to them. VJ enjoys going to neighborhood events, exploring, horseback riding, skiing, sailing, and good movies. Look for her out and about in the community! VJ invites you to reach out to her with story ideas or just to say hello! Find her on Facebook at Veronica Jean Seltzer ABC 36, tweet her @VJS_ABC36, or email her at VSeltzer@wtvq.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!