Mary Frances Massey, who turned 8 on Oct. 29, did what she has done for the past several years – instead of asking for presents for herself, she asked her friends and family to give donations to the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.
“It just makes me feel good to do something to help the animals,” Mary Frances said.
And mom, Tracey Massey, says it’s also a good life lesson for her daughter.
“It’s good for kids to understand that it’s not all about them, it’s also about helping others, like these animals,” she said. “So many kids today have this me, me, me attitude.”
Massey said everyone has the freedom to give what they can, or want, to give.
“They can give $5, or $30,” she said, adding that some give a bag of food, or a collar and leash, brushes, toys and other items.
Big or small, it all goes to help the animals, she said.
Mary Frances Massey, 8, is pictured with “Gussy,” one of a litter of four puppies currently up for adoption at the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. Massey asks family and friends to give money, food, toys and supplies to the shelter each year for her birthday, instead of giving her gifts. Margie Richards/staff
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