This girl is asking Santa to help out an animal rescue organization instead of giving her gifts
This is what the season of giving is all about.
Kyra Dooley, a 12-year old from Aurora Colorado, isn't asking for gifts from loved ones or even the big man in the red suit this year. Instead, she wants to pull together donations for an animal welfare organization called PawsCo, in Denver.
PawsCo distributes pet food to families in need to help keep pets in their homes, assists in moving pets from shelters to foster homes (and eventually permanent homes) and provides spay an neuter services to Colorado communities. Kyra's hope is that if she can help with the food and treats for the animals, monetary donations received by PawsCo can be spent on adoption and population control measures.
"I just really love animals," Kyra told the Huffington Post. "Not only do humans need stuff, but there are animals that need help too."
Surprisingly, this isn't the first time that Kyra has done something so kind hearted like this. This is Kyra's fifth project she has done in her young life! "She is not looking for recognition, she just has learned the feeling that giving gives you and it fills her soul. She is working on a non-profit organization with the goal of encouraging other kids to get to know that feeling."
To highlight a few of her past projects:
- Delivering shoes and clothes directly to children in need in Africa. https://youtu.be/N2BXeBwNFlU
- Contributing much needed supplies to the Ronald McDonald House.
- Helping provide warmth and food for the homeless. http://kdvr.com/2015/02/08/girl-gets-wish-to-help-the-homeless/
- Raising funds to support our local fire station. http://kdvr.com/2015/07/30/girls-give-firefighters-who-saved-life-of-one-of-their-moms-a-surprise/
"The pet food drive keeps families together, and it keeps animals out of shelters," Tiana Nelson, president and chief operation officer of PawsCo says. "Kyra's totally a hero in my book. This is really a selfless thing that she's done and I know that it has inspired a lot of people in our PawsCo family. I hope that it will continue to inspire people ... one person truly can make a difference."
Kyra's Christmas Project, her very own GoFundMe page, has already surpassed their goal of $1,000 and looks to keep growing. Each penny will be spent to help purchase food and provide financial support for animals in need.
Other local organizations and companies have taken notice, and are doing what they can to help. "Kyra is a special young lady. We admire what she's doing and the example she sets for all of us," Paula Miller, digital marketing manager at Zuke's responded.
"It makes me very proud not only of her kind, giving spirit, but of her desire to teach other kids about how good it feels," her mom added.
Kyra never stops trying to spread good. In fact, Kyra is working with one of her teachers to start a nonprofit called My One Birthday. She plans to visit middle schools to spread the word about asking for support for a charity instead of gifts for just one special birthday.
"It just makes me really proud that she stays true to who she is and sticks to her mission," her mom says. "It's pretty fun to be her mom."
If you want to donate to Kyra's cause, you can start by doing so at Kyra's Christmas Project.
This girl is going to do great things in this world. We need more people like her... angels on earth.
Happy Holidays everyone. :)
via Huffington Post
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