Young Girl Helps Cats, Sets Example

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Compassionate, change-making kids become compassionate, change-making adults.  Much like our recently-featured story of Dylan, the 8-year-old boy who raised money for Clover the kitten’s medical costs, one Iowa girl is doing her part by helping end pet overpopulation in her community.

Meet 8-year-old Devynn Priest of Cresco, Iowa. She is no stranger to thinking outside of herself. She is known for donating her birthday money to childrens’ cancer causes and willingly trims her tresses to benefit Locks for Love. An animal lover, Devynn wanted to somehow help the kitties. She went in the direction of the local SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program) organization, which helps promote low cost sterilization programs as well as foster/adoption programs.

Devynn decided she’d open a food stand and offer several choices to hungry lunch-goers, while advertising SNAP as the recipient of all funds raised. She ended up with $100 to turn over to the nonprofit. This fall she plans to run another food stand with more substantial food during the city-wide garage sale. She is confident she’ll raise double the amount for SNAP.

Debbie, Devynn’s mom, is hopeful other kids will see what Devynn is doing and find a creative way to fund-raise. We agree with Devynn’s mother and think she is an excellent example for all of us.

Here are some ideas for involving kids in fundraising:

  • Ask birthday party guests to bring shelter donation items (pet food, toys, monetary donation) as a birthday gift
  • Craft fair
  • T-shirt sales
  • Yard sale (how about a neighborhood yard sale?)
  • Can or coin drive (check to see if these can be held at school)
  • Car wash
  • Bake sale
  • Plant sale

What else? The possibilities are as endless as our imaginations. Let’s teach kids early-on that we can make a difference in the lives of animals.

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