For Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School third grader Ginger White, birthdays are for giving back.
While most kids her age like to focus on cake and presents, Ginger used her ninth birthday to organize a donation drive for animal shelters.
“It makes me sad to think about doggies and kitties that don’t have homes. I wanted to help them,” she said. “I thought my birthday would be a good time to do something for them, and it made me really happy.”
With the help of Melanie Capron, a school social worker, they made it happen. She made posters and set up collection sites in the elementary school, collecting donation items for a week in February.
On the last day of the drive, her family came in to help her collect the donations and deliver the supplies to the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society in Gloversville, the Montgomery County ASPCA in Amsterdam and the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers.
“They were so thankful to the school for all the donations, and Ginger got to meet some wonderful dogs and cats, which of course she wanted to bring home!” Ginger’s mom Diane White said.