Iman Cook and Nadia Winfield had their guests bring money instead of gifts to their Sweet 16 and donated the money to Joseph's House.
Greensboro, NC -- These days, when you think of Sweet 16s, you may think of MTV's show, featuring big parties and big gifts.
But some Greensboro teens had their Sweet 16s together and used it as an opportunity to give back.
Iman Cook and Nadia Winfield didn't want birthday gifts. Instead, they asked their friends and family to bring money for Joseph's House, a safe haven for homeless youth. The girls raised almost $400.
The Northern High School students said giving back makes a big difference in the community. Winfield said, "The things you have for yourself, sometimes you don't appreciate them and you should make sure other people can get what you have and make them happy and make them feel the same."
Cook agreed. "Even if you do something really small, it always comes back to you. So just the fact that you can go out in your community and help out, may not seem like its doing a lot for you but it really is."
Joseph's House director Reverend Nancy McLean said the money may be used for general operations, or to cover their graduating seniors' costs.
WFMY News 2