Many dogs, cats and other animals were left behind or displaced during Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Over the past several weeks, some of those animals have been transported to the Cleburne Animal Shelter.
When some Rio Vista Elementary School students found out they were at a local shelter, they wanted to find a way to help out.
On Sept. 10, RVES fourth-grader Ryan Stanley and her friends — fifth-graders Savana Howard, Constance Curtis and Sway Hobbs; fourth-graders Gianna Hubbs, Lila Gilbert, Addy Haldorson and Alyssa Echaves; and third-grader Kelsi Gilbert — held a car wash and bake sale at the Rio Vista Civic Center.
Stanley said they first had people they knew bring in cars to be washed. As some of the girls held up signs advertising the car wash, residents slowly pulled their cars up to be washed and donate to the cause.
For the bake sale, the girls sold cookies, brownies and cakes.
They raised a total of $460 and used the money to purchase 20 50-pound bags of dog food and 10 40-pound bags of cat food to donate to the shelter.
“We want to make an animal club at our school,” Stanley said. “We’re going to have tons of fundraisers and stuff throughout the year. I have one idea that maybe we could do a walkathon one time. People could walk their pets.”
Stanley’s grandmother, Jan Stanley, said when the girls told her they wanted to help the animals, she thought it was a wonderful idea and enlisted help from their parents, too.
“They need to learn to give back to the community,” Jan Stanley said. “We try to get them involved with little projects. They really wanted to help the pets. I think it’s a good idea. They worked hard.”
Cleburne Animal Services Manager Mindy Henry said she thinks it’s great for a young group of students to come together to do something so selfless.