Forgoing gifts for giving to a good cause

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For his sixth birthday, Teodoro Costa (left), son of Maria-Cristina Di Vito and Tito Costa, donated $600 from a "gift fund" to the SPCA. PHOTO: MARIA-CRISTINA DI VITO
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Teodoro Costa, for his fifth birthday party last year, had an odd request for his friends and family: He didn't want any presents.

Instead, he asked them to donate money to a "gift fund", with half the amount going to a cause he felt especially passionate about.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline Forgoing gifts for giving to a good cause. Subscribe