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Student collects pet food for 12th birthday on 12-12-12

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Cole Sawyer raises 1212 pounds of pet food and supplies on his 12th birthday, Dec. 12, 2012 (Photo: Brown School) Cole Sawyer raises 1212 pounds of pet food and supplies on his 12th birthday, Dec. 12, 2012 (Photo: Brown School)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A student at Brown School celebrated his 12th birthday on 12-12-12 by collecting 1212 pounds of food and supplies to help homeless animals.

Cole Sawyer turned 12 on Wednesday, and set up a personal goal to raise pet food and supplies. He made an annoucement at school encouraging all his classmates to help make his birthday wish come true.

Hannaford set up a collection point at their store in Niskayuna, and students brought items to school and Cole's goal was reached!

Cole said, "I knew I wanted to do something special for this particular birthday. At first I couldn't figure out what exactly I wanted to do. I started seeing news stories on TV about animal cruelty and that's when I knew I wanted to give to animals who really need help."

"Any time a Brown School student shows an interest to serve the community, we do our best to encourage and support them," Brown School Head of School Patricia Vitale said. "Cole's unique birthday fundraiser, not only was a worthwhile cause, but also helped to strengthen our school community."

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