A 12-year-old girl from Kingsbridge, UK, sent hundreds of Christmas gifts to save dogs in animal shelters.
Jess Colton, a member of a self-proclaimed dog-loving family, started the project in October, Plymouth live reports.
Colton collected dog treats, new toys, coats, collars, leashes, blankets and dog beds from community members. Some people sent Colton money to buy something on their behalf.
The tween also created an Amazon wishlist, so those who weren’t local could also donate.
Colton managed to make 100 shoeboxes “filled to the brim” with pet gifts, as well as two larger boxes for gifts that wouldn’t fit in a shoebox.
The animal lover delivered the gifts to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust and Gables Dogs and Cats Home.
“She really put her whole heart into it”
Colton’s mother Suzi, who is part owner of a local dog walking group called Waggles, spoke to Plymouth live on the initiative of his daughter.
“We really are big Staffordshire lovers, and it all started when Jess wanted to make a gift box and send it to Staffie and Stray Rescue in Bournemouth last year. So she made two gift boxes, put her pocket money and sent them,” Suzi explained.
Things got “escalated” after the fact, when 12-year-old Colton said she wanted to donate around 100 gift boxes the following year.
“Jess sorted through all the boxes, which one went in which box, color coordinated some of them too and she was like ‘this one’s for a puppy and this one’s for an older dog’. She really put her all into it. heart,” Suzi said.
“When you deliver them and see all the work they do, it’s really lovely and on Christmas Day we’ll have videos of the dogs opening the shoeboxes – so worth it.
“Each dog will actually have one, I think Gables said they have 50 resident dogs, and Woodside has 32 – so each dog will have one… So a big thank you to all of you who donated and we have supported. It’s absolutely fantastic that every dog in their care receives a box full of toys and treats on Christmas Day.