Tuesday, April 28, 2009

EVERYONE can make a difference

Next time some skeptical soul tells you that they'd love to help animals, but that there's too much for any one person to make a difference, tell them this story.

Two thirteen-year-old girls in Missouri helped their local animal shelter to win a contest for an animal shelter makeover. Not only that, but in doing so they overcame seemingly insurmountable odds: When they signed their shelter up for the contest, it was in 859th place. The contest had started months ago, so they were way behind — yet within three months the shelter passed all 858 competitors to land squarely in first place.

That's only part of the miracle. The rest is that these two teenage girls did most of the work themselves. From the article:

Libby and Amanda — friends since third grade, animal-lovers since birth —
launched a major publicity effort (local shelters won points when people signed
on, posted journal entries or pictures or reviewed products). They collared
folks in parking lots to ask them to go online and support the shelter, papered
the city with posters and fliers, did radio appearances before school and gave
speeches to civic groups. They attended fundraising dinners and went to seniors'
communities to teach residents how to go online and cast votes.

This story ought to put anyone to shame who uses the "but I can't do it all alone" excuse to get out of helping animals.



At May 6, 2009 at 2:52 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Wow! Great story!


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