#25DaysofGiving: Aqua Parios

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#25DaysofGiving: Aqua Parios

"I picked Elmo because I was obsessed with it as a kid - Sesame Street was my absolute favorite show! I also love that he is giggling and a positive influence. I think that's exactly how kids should be - smiling and laughing all the time, without a worry in the world."

#25DaysofGiving: Aqua Parios

"I was greatly influenced by one of my high school teachers who shared his charity work experience with me. I hope to travel to Africa one day and work with underprivileged children. In the mean time, I've been volunteering with The Phoenix Recuse Mission back home in Arizona; it was a soup kitchen where we prepared and served food to the local homeless population. I volunteered six times last year - I really tried my hardest to help as often as I could."

#25DaysofGiving: Aqua Parios

"If I could have one wish for children...I hope they can all stay in school and be nice to each other. A lot of them avoid school when they think school is stressful or they've been bullied. I was bullied in middle school because I was tall and thin - kids aren’t very accepting when someone’s different and I stood out. I think we as adults should reach out more, support them and emphasize the importance of love and acceptance towards one another."

#25DaysofGiving: Aqua Parios

"My wish for the new year is that we love each other more and do random acts of kindness - even just giving each other a compliment. I recently watched this video of a teacher complimenting his autistic students every single morning to let them know how smart, driven and awesome they are. I was deeply touched by that and wish everyone else could do the same."

In the true spirit of the holidays, The Society and our talents are giving back through #ToysforTots to gift children with brand new toys so all kids can enjoy a happy holiday season. From Dec. 1st to the 25th, we will feature individual talents daily on our Instagram with what they’ve chosen for gifting, with posts highlighting a few for our blog as well! Check out our first with Emanuela de Paula here.

Next up is Aqua Parios, our Japanese-African American beauty from Arizona, who’s not only an avid volunteer back home with The Phoenix Rescue Mission, but also an anti-bullying advocate. Click on the slideshow to learn more about her #TSMforTots story!