An­i­mal Shel­ter Ben­e­fits from Chil­dren’s Gen­eros­ity

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Heathre Hone

When Becky Lamore­aux asked her son, Nathan, what he wanted for his 8th birth­day, he told her he wanted to follow in his sis­ters’ foot­steps and give all of his birth­day money to the South Utah Val­ley An­i­mal Shel­ter (SU­VAS) in Span­ish Fork.

The Lamore­aux gen­eros­ity started with Kali. In first grade, her school class took a tour of the SU­VAS and she re­mem­bered see­ing the cats out front. So, when she was 10 years old, she de­cided to ask for mon­e­tary do­na­tions for the shel­ter in­stead of birth­day gifts. She was able to raise $114.01 for the an­i­mals. “I like to help an­i­mals. I don’t like see­ing the an­i­mals in there.” Her fa­vorite thing to do is “help­ing, and do­ing some­thing good and im­por­tant.”

For her 9th birth­day, Kara de­cided she had too much stuff and didn’t need any more. Her birth­day in­vi­ta­tions also asked her guests to bring money for the an­i­mal shel­ter. When she de­liv­ered her $50 do­na­tion, she got a tour and loved see­ing the an­i­mals she was help­ing. Kara was happy to learn her do­na­tions gave 10 an­i­mals vac­ci­na­tions.

Nathan’s eighth birth­day party re­sulted in a $90 do­na­tion. He, too, got a tour of the shel­ter and was able to hold a cat.

Giv­ing runs deep in the Lamore­aux fam­ily. Becky gath­ers food from lo­cal gro­cery stores to take to Tabitha’s Way, a char­ity in Span­ish Fork which helps fam­i­lies in need with food and cloth­ing.

Even though Becky was shocked at first when her chil­dren didn’t want gifts for their birthdays, she said that the par­ties were ac­tu­ally more fun and they weren’t “gimme, gimme.” The par­ties were amaz­ing and more about hav­ing fun and play­ing in­stead of “stuff.” The Lamore­aux fam­ily would like to set a trend of fo­cus­ing on char­ity and giv­ing.

Sub­mit­ted by Heatre Hone

Michelle Proc­tor, Nathan Lamore­aux, and Lind­say Dan­sie at SU­VAS.

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