Animal Shelter Benefits from Children’s Generosity
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.
Michelle Proctor, Nathan Lamoreaux, and Lindsay Dansie at SUVAS.