"You have to see all of the donations, " a co-worker told me. The bags of towels, blankets, and items from our wish list, including books for kids and hedge clippers for our garden came from Bella's birthday celebration. Two carloads full of donations were unloaded in front of the shelter on Saturday.
I asked Bella's mom how they were able to collect so much stuff! She explained that Bella decided to continue a tradition this year that her mom started 4 birthdays ago requesting donations for homeless cats and dogs instead of traditional birthday gifts. In addition, Bella's mom decided to involve the entire Francis Scott Key Elementary School community in the effort. She asked the Community
Service Committee to announce a donation drive for the animals. She suggested items and even included a link to WARL's wishlist. For three weeks families brought much-needed items to the school. Helping animals is a long-held family value -- Bella's grandmother is a veterinarian. If Bella doesn't follow in her footsteps, perhaps she will grow up to be a shelter director. Thank you Bella and family and friends, and the entire Key community for helping us to help the animals!