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Instead of spending cash gifts from their bar and bat mitzvahs, 28 Jewish students from Solomon Schechter Academy in Dallas created the TGIF (To Give in Friendship) Fund to donate the money to charitable causes, especially those that serve children.

"We have so many things, and we wouldn't really need all that stuff," Andrew Gardner, 13, was quoted in the Dallas Morning News (Dec. 4, 1999). "Why not use it for other people's real needs, instead of our wants?"

So far, the eighth-graders have collected $13,000 and given out $3,000 of it in grants. They are touring local nonprofits to help them decide where to give the rest of the money.
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