For his 12th birthday, Mathesen Skillman didn’t want gifts for himself


Joy of giving: Mathesen Skillman is surrounded by some of the items his friends and family donated for Hancock Hope House. The 12-year-old asked for donations for the homeless shelter rather than gifts for his birthday. (Photo provided)

GREENFIELD — Bleach, paper towels, teddy bears, cash.

Those were the items on Mathesen Skillman’s birthday wish list this year, but the 12-year-old’s unusual request didn’t stop at the items he was asking for. Where he wanted those items to go was different, too.

In lieu of video games and action figures, Mathesen asked friends and family attending his birthday party to bring donations for Hancock Hope House.

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