Lo­cal fifth-grader col­lects do­na­tions for an­i­mals in need

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By CHAR­LENE MAYO [email protected]­pub.com

Lo­gan Ele­men­tar y School fifth grader Chelsea Stubel turned a school pro­ject about sym­pa­thy and em­pa­thy into a fundraiser for an­i­mals.

Chelsea and her class­mates be­gan learn­ing about the im­por­tance of hav­ing sym­pa­thy and em­pa­thy and were asked to cre­ate a pro­ject that ex­hibits the virtues, ac­cord­ing to Caro­line Stubel, Chelsea’s mother.

“She thought it would be a good idea to be able to give back to an­i­mals in need,” Caro­line ex­plained. “So she came up with the idea to col­lect do­na­tions for them and then give it to them so they can have a good Christ­mas.”

Chelsea col­lected for about two weeks and re­ceived an over­whelm­ing amount of items from fam­ily and Dun­dalk com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“The com­mu­nity was ex­tremely gen­er­ous,” Caro­line said.

Ac­cord­ing to Caro­line, Chelsea went above and be­yond what was ex­pected of her by col­lect­ing both mon­e­tary and phys­i­cal

do­na­tions for an­i­mals in fos­ter care and up for adop­tion.

They re­ceived toys, leashes, col­lars, food and blan­kets, as well as money, that she used to go shop­ping for more items to give to the an­i­mals.

The 11-year-old do­nated the items to a lo­cal res­cue group called Pit­ties and Purrs.

Although the Stubel’s al­ready own a cat, a Rot­tweiler and a choco­late Labrador Retriever, they will be fos­ter­ing a dog for the first time this year.

“She ab­so­lutely loves an­i­mal,” Caro­line said. “They’re her pride and joy; its her pas­sion to take care of an­i­mals.”

“She says she wants to save all the an­i­mals,” she noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Caro­line, Chelsea wants to make this a yearly tra­di­tion.

Chelsea loves an­i­mals so much that she wants to be a vet­eri­nar­ian when she gets older.

The pro­ject is not due un­til early Jan­uary, but Chelsea has al­ready gone above and be­yond.

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Chelsea plans on do­nat­ing to the an­i­mal shel­ter next year.

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Chelsea Stubel re­ceived a lot of do­na­tions for her school pro­ject.

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