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Eight year old, Ava Simpson, daughter of Jon & Kenzie Simpson of Chrisman, just made the animals at Edgar County Animal Shelter a little happier.
Ava’s birthday was soon after Christmas and after deciding she had received enough stuff, she didn’t want any gifts for her birthday. Instead, she wanted a puppy party.
“She said she wanted to do this to help the dogs and cats have a good life,” her mother Kenzie said.
A puppy party involves giving donations for shelters instead of receiving gifts.
“It’s more important to her to just be able to have a party and see her family and cousins more than it is for her to get gifts.”
Kenzie and Ava discussed having the puppy party last year after her birthday and this year, Ava decided that’s what she wanted to do.
“We discussed other charities or donations she could make, but ultimately, she decided on the Edgar County Animal Shelter,” Kenzie told us.
On February 5th, with a car full of donations, Ava was able to make her donation to the shelter. “She felt a lot of pride in doing this. She smiled the whole time,” Kenzie said. “It was great to see her so proud of herself. She would have brought all of the animals home with us if we would have let her.”
Next year, Ava may be making another donation to the shelter. “Ava is a very compassionate, caring and empathetic little girl. She makes friends easily and is very thoughtful. She is smart and outgoing. We are proud of her every day.”